One good way to tell an incumbent is on defense is when they go on the attack early in an election year. When they go on the attack in the middle of the summer, it's a sure sign of trouble for the incumbent.
Jones' allegation against McCoy was removed from his Facebook page several hours later, but not before the above screen capture was made. Other have done the same and the statement has made the rounds quite a bit in Lowcountry political circles since yesterday morning.
The Blogland contacted Mr. Jones via email to get his side of the story, to which he explained:
When I posted the article, I meant to pose the question, "Is McCoy giving kickbacks?", rather than making a statement.
I soon realized that I had left out a question mark which totally changed the meaning of my post. As you know, there is no edit feature on facebook to merely change the post, so I decided to delete it to prevent confusion. This is still a very concerning story and I'm glad you're looking into further. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about this matter and I hope all the facts see the light of day.
I am doing contract work for a few candidates right now, one of which being Anne Hutto. But it goes without saying that the post was on my personal facebook page and was my error alone.
Republican candidate Peter McCoy was quick to respond as well:
I find it comical that Anne Hutto and her campaign would attempt to attack me for receiving the financial support of my friends when she has taken thousands of dollars from special interest groups whose issues she's voting on in the House. Clearly in attacking me, she's trying to distract from her terrible record.
We'll let our readers decide the truth on this one, but regardless, it's becoming increasingly clear that this race will likely be one of the most heated State House contests as the fall campaign season approaches.