Any way you look at it, there's no way anyone can view a recent e-mail exchange between the wife of Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice and Grand Strand Daily report Paul Gable as good. Like many moments in politics in South Carolina, the truth is so out there that it's hard for us to make it up.
It began a few days ago when Gable wrote an op-ed piece about an ongoing Horry County Council race:
Speaking during a candidate forum at Big Mike’s restaurant in Myrtle Beach, Lazarus said he had steam coming from his ears hearing of the good ole boy system in Horry County.
“I’m sick of hearing about good ole boys,” Lazarus said. “There’s no good ole boys, just good people who volunteer their time to help the county.”
... and it led to Wrenzie Rice reportedly writing Gable, threatening him with cops and lawyers:
I have called the capitol police and will have them investigate this. I will also hire a lawyer and prosecute you for harrassment and defamation. Remove that ridiculous post immediately and state that it is untrue or I will follow up with my plans. I will not tolerate this.
Gable has left the story up. As it's an opinion piece, it's hard to see where Rice can get the cops involved, much less bring lawsuits, if he leaves it.
In recent months, we've talked with Horry County Republicans whose opinions of Rice has gone downhill since he won a knockout GOP run-off win against former Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer.
Moments like this aren't going to help his re-election prospects and if they continue, he may want to reconsider seeking a second term next year.