Everything about this last-minute personal sneak attack is reminiscent of the worst of the "good ol' boy" style of politics that Converse's critics accused him of embracing - whisper smear campaigns based upon deception, strategic disclosures, and masked identities. Further, I'm personally offended to see friends drug into this sort of self-serving assassination politics, including Converse, who is my friend and Representative, and Palmetto Scoop, who was so supportive of my candidacy.
We saw such smear tactics used by the Nazis to gain political power. I see no real difference in what was done today to Converse. I'll be dammed if I'm going to support this sort of reckless "anything goes" power grab. In a free society, the ends never justify the means. I don't care who you are or how important you think your cause may be.
When asked who he felt was responsible for the attacks, he offered "some chickenshit, that's all I know at this time. Just sniff around and when you find a revolting stench, you'll know you're close".
I want to thank all of my readers who hatched up this crazy notion that a total outsider could be, and should be, trusted with the responsibility of the office of Treasurer. The unsolicited outpouring of support from across the state and beyond was more than I ever expected, and certainly more than I deserved.
While I'm sure y'all wanted me to stay in this until the votes were cast Friday afternoon, I felt that a statement had to be made about the attacks on Converse. For those I haven't met in person, I hope to meet each of you in person to thank you personally for your support.
Me running for Treasurer may have been a crazy idea, but then again, that's what they said about those head jobs who signed the Declaration of Independence. Look what they started.
Thanks for believing in me, but more importantly, thanks for believing in the little guy ... and in the power of your own voices to shake things up. From the days in 1991 after the "little guys" turned back the tanks and fought the power of Soviet Communism in the streets of Moscow, here's a video for all of you: