A little-noticed event in the SC political world took place in the closing days of the run-off campaigns when the SCHotline website went offline. It was an event for which FITSNews appropriately asked the old "If a tree falls in the woods" question.
Not surprisingly, Jeff Sewell, the current publisher of SCHotlie, cried foul:
On June 17th SCHotline.com’s domain name was redirected to FOXNews.com rendering the site inaccessible by former founder and current minority partner Mike Green of Starboard Communications. This after current managing partner Jeffrey Sewell negotiated and accepted advertising dollars from reform candidate for S.C. Superintendent Elizabeth Moffly.
“It is no secret that Mike Green and Starboard Communications are supporting and or working with establishment candidate Mick Zais for Superintendent of Education and that this is a deliberate attempt to sideline Elizabeth Moffly’s campaign and message” Said Jeffrey Sewell.
So we decided to get the other side of the story by asking Mike Green. Here's what he had to say to us:
Just like we said about the thrice-losing 6th District candidate Nancy Harrelson, paying your bills is really the right thing to do. But it's not the only way that we see things differently than Sewell, and we'll leave it at that.
However, it's worth noting that a worthy successor to what Hotlie had been when Mike Green ran it can be found in PoliticalNetNews. While we think it's a shame that SCHotline is gone, it seems that unless someone comes up with a new model for the site, it's day has probably come and gone.
The other funny part of this was where Sewell claimed:
People rely on SCHotline.com for non-biased news aggregation and our advertisers rely on the assurances that SCHotline.com will keep their commitments to run paid for advertising.
Does ANYONE out there think this guy's selection was fair, much less well-presented?
Yep, Sewell really worked for Moffly, a well-known RINO. That says a lot right there.About three years ago I sold Jeffrey SChotline.com for $5,000. He paid me $1,500 then he stopped making any payments on it.
He hasn't paid me anything since 2007. I finally decided to reposes it. I really just remembered that I still had control over the domain name. So that is it nothing personal, just business.