I had the great fortune of meeting Tom Turnipseed back in 1996, when I was a field organizer for a non-profit doing money-and-politics research and advocacy. He was in his law office in Colombia, where he’d fallen back to after a knowingly-quixotic run at the South Carolina Attorney General’s office. Within five minutes of meeting him, he sang to me, an old tune from the forties iirc, and with a full-throated rendition that vibrated through every office in the building. He’s a white-male race traitor, a “amazing grace” amends-maker like me; and getting long in the tooth. This piece is not only informative on the occasionally bizarre topic of South Carolina, but a way for readers to meet this marvelous man.
Peculiar politics in South Carolina is a never ending saga. On June 15, South Carolina Republican State Senator Jake Knotts of Lexington told the South Carolina Senate he is proud to be a redneck and would not resign from the Senate for having called Nikki Haley and President Obama ragheads. Haley is a former Sikh of Indian ancestry and front-runner for the Republican nomination for Governor in the June 22nd run-off.