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Brown second fundraiser: I’ll just have a bottled beer [Updated: Brown Responds]

June 8, 2009

[Update]  A source from Brown’s Campaign sent photos and said the following.

This is a clear example of the kind of petty politics we¹ve come to expect from our opponents in the last two years.  Whether this attack came from an existing primary challenger, a general election challenger, or someone who is yet to come forth, the facts are simple:

It is not true.

In excess of 350 people were at the fund-raiser. There was absolutely no hesitation on anyone’s part about the food.  Everyone there had a good time.

The situation at the other event in Myrtle Beach was unfortunate but to be clear, the Congressman nor his team were involved with the planning or catering for that event.  It was not a fund-raiser.  It was an appreciation event put on by local people in Horry and Georgetown as a Thank You to the congressman.

The real story of that event in Myrtle Beach was the 700+ people filling all of the seats and crowding the walls to support one of South Carolina¹s most effective Congressmen.

These little “snipe style” attacks from political opponents will not distract us from discussing important issues facing the district, and they will not obscure the fact that Congressman Brown spends everyday working hard to make the district a better place to live, work and raise a family.

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Brown second fundraiser: I’ll just have a bottled beer [Anon email…Developing]

Ol’ Henry Must Go

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subject Brown second fundraiser: I’ll just have a bottled beer
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4:59 PM (1 hour ago)

Brown second fundraiser: I’ll just have a bottled beer

Reports out of Charleston are that Congressman Henry Brown’s second re-election fundraiser went a little better than the first but not by much.

As was widely reported in the Lowcountry and Grand Strand (http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/920517.html) Brown’s Thursday May 28th event was marked by one third of the guests becoming violently ill within hours of eating the food. Then came the DHEC investigation that Brown and his friends are reportedly trying to suppress.

Sparse attendance from people who for the most part declined to eat ruled Brown’s second event in less than two weeks. Throughout the event run by his government paid staff, the few guests that did show up were constantly told to please have something to eat.

Most however declined and stuck with what they believed to be the safest thing in the room- the bottled beer. One well known female GOP activist made the remark “I love Henry Brown and that’s why I am here, but the jury is still out on why people got sick the last time he threw a BBQ. I am not taking any chances today.”
But if that’s not enough irony for you, how about the event featured Harry Hallman, the former mayor of Mount Pleasant, who recently said in stepping down “To me, being ‘effective’ means excellence. I realize now that I am not meeting my personal definition of ‘effective.’” First District voters have to wonder if Brown himself shares this philosophy??

But the really ironic thing about having Hallman speak at the Brown fundraiser is the second thing Hallman said at the time of his resignation, “This town deserves only the best from its leadership. Halfway will not do for my town.” This is the sentiment that Charleston voters seem to agree with and might have something to do with the fact that Brown got trounced in Charleston in 2008.

Lackluster leadership, ineffective representation and food are all making Lowcountry and Grand Strand voters sick. It might be time for Congressman Brown to follow Hallman’s lead.

SCHotline received the following anon email about an hour ago, attempts to contact sender unsuccessful… We will follow.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Hal permalink
    June 8, 2009 11:56 PM

    This email is a smear and not worthy of publishing. HotLine should now and do better.

  2. you"re a wannabe permalink
    June 9, 2009 12:07 AM

    31 people got sick out of 672 that ate at Brown’s event in MB, and you don’t know if it was “violently” or not. Not one third as you have to claim so that you will feel good. Brown had nothing to do with setting up the event which was set up by supporters. You see, we want someone who gets things done, not an idiot like Sanford or Demint> Henry has furthered many efforts and has had outstanding constituent service. That is unlike Demint who has a terrible record of helping anyone. You need to quit drinking and making a fool out of yourself.

  3. Bill Cannon permalink
    June 9, 2009 1:42 AM

    This is a typical smear by Tumpy Campbell, who wishes he could have successful fundraiser.

    Henry Brown is a great Congressman and these negative smear campaigns are ridiculous

  4. Low Country GOP permalink
    June 9, 2009 2:02 AM

    I was at the event, plenty of people eating and having a great time and I heard they raised over $100K in one night

    let’s see Tump Tump top that

  5. bill permalink
    June 9, 2009 2:41 AM

    Sanford and Demint rock–haven’t heard much about Brown so will reserve judgment.

  6. June 9, 2009 3:28 AM

    My son and I attended the “Thank You” (not fundraiser) in Myrtle Beach. Neither of us got sick and we even at on the “right-side” line (rumor that was the side that got folks ill). We did not have the bird just the BBQ though and the friends I talked to that said they got sick ate the bird; although others that didn’t get sick ate the bird.

    As for his upcoming sixth term run… I side with everyone that is of the opinion that a Yes vote for bail-out v1.0 (TARP I) should go home and mow grass the rest of their life. However, Mr. Brown has co-sponsored HR 1207 so there may be hope yet.

    A six term limit should be put on all House members and a two term on all Senators — if you can’t get it done in 12 years move on and let someone else get it done. The it being reduction of the ever expanding central government and moving us back to our Constitutional Republic government. The two term limits would give any one person 24 years in DC with the possible extension of 8 more if they made Prez and 30 years is enough!

    Sincerely,
    Daniel S. Cochran
    Conway, South Carolina

  7. Ruby Motz permalink
    June 9, 2009 3:47 AM

    I cannot believe they used Mayor Hallman’s quotes like that. Tumpy, your father would not be proud.

  8. Mike permalink
    June 9, 2009 3:56 AM

    Why can’t the Henry Brown people just take a joke–the line about just having a beer is hilarious.

    There is nothing dynamic or inspiring about Henry Brown. Same for Tumpy Campbell. Just two guys with big egos who want power. Who cares about either one of them.

  9. Carl Brown permalink
    June 9, 2009 1:08 PM

    Tumpy Campbell is a sleazy guy and this is a typical campaign tactic.

    The apple has fallen way from the tree and this guy is nothing like his father. The voters of the 1st district will reject his nonsense

  10. GOP permalink
    June 10, 2009 3:00 AM

    Brown led the fight and pushed through the biggest tax CUTS in our state’s history when he was Chairman of Ways and Means. He did far more than Sanford or Demint will ever do as Republicans for us. Newcomers and kool aid drinkers like you need to do your homework.

  11. Edwin S. Taylor permalink
    June 10, 2009 10:52 PM

    My face is in two of the photos, one siting at a table eating some of the best food in Charleston. The second event for Henry was great, well attended, and lasted past the posted time to end. I know where this stuff is coming from (and who took the photos)… it needs to stop. Eddie

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