Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Thomas Ravenel Says He Will Qualify as an Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina
independentpoliticalreport.com ^ | 7/5/14 | Jed Ziggler

Posted on 07/06/2014 7:22:01 AM PDT by cotton1706

Thomas Ravenel, a former State Treasurer of South Carolina, says he will submit over 10,000 valid signatures by the July 15 deadline. See this story. If he succeeds, he will be the first independent candidate for U.S. Senate in the history of government-printed ballots.

South Carolina has been one of four states in which there had never been an independent candidate for either Governor or U.S. Senator on a government-printed ballot, but it seems likely that independent candidates for both offices will qualify in that state this year. The other states that have never had an independent candidate for either office are Indiana, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

From the article cited:

Thomas Ravenel – a reality TV star and former Republican state treasurer who was forced to resign from office after being indicted on federal drug charges – announced Friday that he would run as an independent candidate against GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Ravenel made his announcement in an email to reporters, prior to attending a July 4th rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

After stepping down as state treasurer in 2007, Ravenel served 10 months behind bars after he plead guilty to federal drug charges. In his email, Ravenel acknowledged his conviction, writing that “I’m an imperfect messenger.”

The email also said that Ravenel “expected to be attacked over the issue – and was ready to defend himself.”

Ravenel has recently been in the spotlight for being one of the stars last season on the reality TV show “Southern Charm.” Ravenel earned the nickname “T-Rav” on the Bravo series which chronicles the personal and professional lives of six friends who reside in Charleston.

(Excerpt) Read more at independentpoliticalreport.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Lindsey may yet be removed from power this November!
1 posted on 07/06/2014 7:22:02 AM PDT by cotton1706
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Independent, but is he conservative?


2 posted on 07/06/2014 7:25:10 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

To be replaced by a Dem. Not an improvement - politics is a numbers game, and if we don’t have the numbers, there’s nothing we can do at all.

Ravenel is a self-centered unprincipled idiot who is doing this because he’s a sore loser. I think we’ve already seen his moral scope.


3 posted on 07/06/2014 7:25:29 AM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

There is a HUGE influx of Indie candidates nationwide and they are doing well in the polls.

I like that a lot. About time. America waking up?


4 posted on 07/06/2014 7:27:04 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: livius

Graham is a dangerous oligarch who should be removed from power one way or the other. The same with McConnell. If they are rewarded with reelection, they will be emboldened and will double their betrayals.


5 posted on 07/06/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
I like Ravanel and from what I've read so far, he seems conservative. Anyone would be better than Linda.
6 posted on 07/06/2014 7:34:10 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: liberalh8ter

Throwing my support to T-Rav. I will never support the other two dems running. (Hutto and Linda)


7 posted on 07/06/2014 7:39:15 AM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
”indicted on federal drug charges”…”served 10 months behind bars”… “plead guilty to federal drug charges” “acknowledged his conviction” “I’m an imperfect messenger.”

With a resume like that he sounds like a shoe-in as a Democrat.

8 posted on 07/06/2014 7:53:03 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RIghtwardHo

Just don’t split the vote. Ross Perot plan got us Clinton.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 8:09:45 AM PDT by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

“If he succeeds, he will be the first independent candidate for U.S. Senate in the history of government-printed ballots.”

This is the most bogus line ever printed. Maine in 2012 elected an independent (albeit fake democrat) US Senator. We also three other independent (non-party) candidates on the ballot.

2012 Maine US Senate Candidates
Dalton, Danny Francis Brunswick Non-Party
Dill, Cynthia Ann Cape Elizabeth Democrat
Dodge, Andrew Ian Harpswell Independent for Liberty
King, Angus Brunswick Independent for Maine
Summers,Charles E., Jr. Scarborough Republican
Woods, Stephen M.Yarmouth Independent

They were citing an article on a Ballot Access website which the independentpoliticalreport.com website appears to have copied verbatim.

http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/thomas-ravenel-says-he-will-qualify-as-an-independent-candidate-for-u-s-senate-in-south-carolina/


10 posted on 07/06/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT by Steven Scharf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Steven Scharf

I think they’re referring to South Carolina history. Poor writing.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 8:15:23 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: livius

Caution livius... you’ll be shouted down soon.


12 posted on 07/06/2014 8:17:03 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Graham is a dangerous oligarch who should be removed from power one way or the other. The same with McConnell.

Agree 100%.

The environment has very clearly had a sea change. Hence if they're reelected, lindsey and mcconnell are more likely to see it as a bit of luck than a reward imo.

Irrespective of how they view their potential victories, I prefer a majority in the senate to push back on 0bama.

13 posted on 07/06/2014 8:26:11 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: epluribus_2
Just don’t split the vote. Ross Perot plan got us Clinton.

Yes the question some of have is whether it's better to allow the dems and Harry Reid to continue to control the senate and to continue to protect 0bama's agenda ... or ... take the senate to get harry and the senate out of the way so 0bama's agenda can be better fought but that would mean that the rinos stay another term.

That is the question we shoot each other over, sadly.

14 posted on 07/06/2014 8:31:00 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Principled

It’s too easy for a RAT to declare himself a Libertarian and peel off Rino votes. The honchos of the Rat party have it figured out.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 8:33:55 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: DIRTYSECRET

Yeah we need to start entering a green party loser to do the same eh?


16 posted on 07/06/2014 8:35:32 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
Looks like we have one more chance to do what is desperately needed.

Twelve years ago this was elected as our Senator from South Carolina...

Now it is time to

kiss the Fairey
GOODBYE!
Want on or off this ping list? Just FReepmail me.

h/t to martin_fierro for the fairey graphic

17 posted on 07/06/2014 9:04:25 AM PDT by upchuck (Everyday, Joe Wilson becomes more correct!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: livius

“Ravenel is a self-centered unprincipled idiot who is doing this because he’s a sore loser. I think we’ve already seen his moral scope.”

Wow, just like Linda, I think that the voters should send Linda home and Elect a TV star.

What say you?


18 posted on 07/06/2014 9:06:05 AM PDT by DanZ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: epluribus_2

“Just don’t split the vote. Ross Perot plan got us Clinton.”

Anybody, and I mean ANYBODY is better for this country than Linda


19 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:26 AM PDT by DanZ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3176306/posts?page=19#19


20 posted on 07/06/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT by Resettozero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Principled

“Irrespective of how they view their potential victories, I prefer a majority in the senate to push back on 0bama.”

How odd that you should use a Handle of “Pricipled”. Does not appear to be anything principled about your comment


21 posted on 07/06/2014 9:09:27 AM PDT by DanZ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: DanZ

That depends on your point of view.


22 posted on 07/06/2014 9:11:16 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Principled
Please explain what a Senate controlled by McConnell would do to Obama's agenda that would be different under Harry Reid? Would McConnell pass a law defunding Obamacare? Doubtful, but if he did, would he shut down the government when Obama vetoes the budget over it? Would McConnell raise the debt ceiling and give Obama all the spending he demands? Would McConnell, in his position as majority leader, use his power of the purse to get GOPe challengers their funding to take on Ted Cruz in Texas? You bet.

I want to know what we get from a majority for the next two years. I don't think we get anything out of it, frankly, except a lot of stupid gestures that Obama uses to fire up his base. If Ted Cruz could be made majority leader, that would be different. The House had Newt in 1994, and he was a conservative strategist who could make Clinton cave. No one like that around in the GOPe. So the hell with McConnell, Linda and Cochran. Get a conservative in the White House in 2016 and then we can talk about the things the Senate can do.

23 posted on 07/06/2014 9:14:44 AM PDT by Defiant (Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is Satan's John the Baptist, preparing the way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Defiant

And then there’s the amnesty that McConnell would pass.


24 posted on 07/06/2014 9:20:15 AM PDT by Defiant (Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is Satan's John the Baptist, preparing the way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Defiant
I want to know what we get from a majority for the next two years. I don't think we get anything out of it, frankly,...

OK that's what so many disagree about - whether it would be better to have a majority but to include a few rinos up this fall... or to allow Harry Reid to have the majority but expel a few rinos.

25 posted on 07/06/2014 9:21:38 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Principled

“That depends on your point of view.”

Well, my point of view is that ANYONE who increases the size of the Fed. G’ment is utterly evil.

Anyone who does not work to limit the size of the Fed. G’ment is a rent seeking dictator wanabe. Just like in the movie The Man who would be King


26 posted on 07/06/2014 9:27:59 AM PDT by DanZ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: epluribus_2

I’m tired of Harry Reid....


27 posted on 07/06/2014 9:39:54 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Principled

You are not going to get a Republican Senate. Stolen elections will cut the margin to 52 or 51 and then one or two will flip like 2007.


28 posted on 07/06/2014 9:41:28 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: DanZ

one guy after his parents died put himself through school all the while raising his orphaned siblings huimself.. the other is a worthless playboy who got busted with a huge load of cocaine and lives off his daddy’s money.. Ravenel is a toad


29 posted on 07/06/2014 11:10:14 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Principled

I’m used to it.

I have family in SC, btw, and Ravenel is not good news. He’s from a very wealthy, powerful old SC family and he’s revealed himself, on numerous occasions, to be a jerk. He got a lot of people a few years ago before his drug bust because his positions appeared to be conservative, but they were basically just self-serving.

I don’t think graham is good, incidentally, but he’s fairly popular in SC and we need to keep that seat.


30 posted on 07/06/2014 11:13:21 AM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: upchuck

BTTT


31 posted on 07/06/2014 11:56:30 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Principled
or to allow Harry Reid to have the majority but expel a few rinos.

I'm not for "allowing" Harry Reid to have a majority, but I am willing to take the chance that we don't get a majority if we get rid of Bitch, Linda and Thaddeus. Maybe even Cornyn. They hate us, they absolutely are more of an enemy to conservatism than Obama, because they are on the inside stabbing us in the back. Obama is pissing so many people off that even losing 2-4 RINOs there is a chance that the tsunami will give Republicans the Senate, and give someone less of a pushover an opening to be Majority Leader. Someone who has ties to both camps, perhaps, like Ron Johnson. That's what I'd like to see, a majority while a few RINOs lose out for not being conservative enough. That might send a message. If we lose the majority because of taking that chance, I don't think we've lost much anyway.

32 posted on 07/06/2014 12:37:35 PM PDT by Defiant (Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is Satan's John the Baptist, preparing the way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Defiant

Dittos


33 posted on 07/06/2014 12:42:22 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (I am a proud citizen of an idea called America.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; livius; Republican Wildcat; Clintonfatigued; randita; ...

Well you were right DJ, convicted cokehead and reality tv “star” Tom Ravenel is running as an indie, on a Paultard platform or so it would seem (he endorsed Paul for President in 2012).

Hopefully he doesn’t take enough to elect the democrat.


34 posted on 07/06/2014 4:22:10 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impy

I stated my belief back in 2008 that Ravenel was targeted by the Dubya White House for destruction when it was clear he would be running to take out Graham. It was curious that he was “allowed” to run and beat an incumbent Dem Treasurer in 2006 when officials supposedly knew about his drug problems, but as soon as the Graham challenge materialized, they unleashed the dogs.

I will have zero sympathy if Ravenel’s candidacy this time helps take out Graham. Payback, as they say, is a bitch.


35 posted on 07/06/2014 4:44:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; livius

If “officials” knew he was a cokehead (which I’m not sold on at all) and were ignoring it until he was thinking about running against Graham then they were wrong for ignoring it initially, not for revealing it later!!!!! The democrats would have would have found out eventually, certainly if he were a Senate nominee, and that would have been awful.

I have no sympathy for drug addicts who have their careers ruined, especially if they’re Paulestinians.


36 posted on 07/06/2014 5:01:32 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

I wrote to the editor of Ballot Access News pointing out his error and got this reply back:

I forgot to add “in South Carolina.” I will amend the post.

Richard Winger


37 posted on 07/06/2014 5:07:27 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Impy

I remember reading that they knew about it for some time and effectively sat on it. They knew prior to his race for Treasurer. I believe it was payback to Graham for his support for Dubya on immigration/open borders.

In any event, as you may recall, I endorsed Graham’s Democrat opponent in 2008. I will not shed a tear to see his ass booted from office this year. The collaborationists need to go, Cochran, Graham, McConnell, et al. They remain a cancer in the Senate.


38 posted on 07/06/2014 5:10:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

Well it was wrong to sit on it, drug addicts and other criminals in our ranks should be exposed and removed as soon as possible to minimize damage to the party.

“as you may recall, I endorsed Graham’s Democrat opponent in 2008”

Yeah I remember, the Buchanan/Paulite oddball who joined the democrats over the Iraq War. I only support replacing Graham with something better.


39 posted on 07/06/2014 5:35:53 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Defiant
Please explain what a Senate controlled by McConnell would do to Obama's agenda that would be different under Harry Reid?

Well he said he would restore the filibuster.

40 posted on 07/06/2014 5:37:28 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: livius
we need to keep that seat.

You don't have that seat, the GOPe has that seat. They always vote conservative when it doesn't matter because there is no chance for the bill to pass anyway. Watch the cloture votes where a RINO will vote for cloture then claim they voted against a bill that they know would pass once it came to a vote.

41 posted on 07/06/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Impy

Since the former SC Democrat Chairman himself, Dick Harpootlian, declared Graham to be the Democrat Senator from South Carolina, I expect they’ll do their darndest to help him in November to a third term. If not, Graham will have made his bed.


42 posted on 07/06/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

I don’t know what Dick Harpootlian is up to but I am 1000% certain that the current rat chairman, the DSCC, Barak Obama, and Harry Reid, will be supporting the democrat nominee, State Senator Brad Hutto.


43 posted on 07/06/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Impy

Well, Graham better double-down on his ass kissin’, just like Thad Cockroach.


44 posted on 07/06/2014 6:02:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: itsahoot

Yes, there’s that. Good point. If we get the White House and both houses of Congress in 2016, we need to make sure the filibuster is not restored, in order to fix all the things that the Democrats broke since 2009. After a few years, if we aren’t doing daily battle with marxists who seek to destroy America, maybe the Senate can consider the filibuster. Personally, I never liked it in its modern iteration. I am all for delaying legislation for a few weeks to prattle on in opposition and hope you get people to change their minds. But at the end of the day, all nominations and legislation only need 50 votes under the Constitution.


45 posted on 07/06/2014 7:52:43 PM PDT by Defiant (Obama is not the anti-Christ. He is Satan's John the Baptist, preparing the way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson