With the fire past us, the national media is finally turning to that other Charleston story: The Ravenels. It’s in italics because I’m sure the clan will get a TV development deal after all of this (take that 7th Heaven).

Thomas Ravenel was indicted last week on drug charges, forcing him to leave the Giuliani campaign. Now, Arthur Ravenel Jr.’s seemingly racist past is getting some national attention after he was selected as a regional chair for Giuliani’s campaign.

On October 18, 2006 The Post and Courier of Charleston wrote “Arthur Ravenel Jr., who is running for an East Cooper seat on the board, caught flack 16 years ago when he was in Congress and made a comment about white committee chairmen who operated on ‘black time,’ which he said meant fashionably late.” As recently as January 2000, the Post and Courier reported in an article headlined “Ravenel stepped outside ‘civility,'” that Ravenel called the NAACP the “National Association For Retarded People.”

The story fails to mention that Ravenel is just loved to death in these parts, with a huge bridge and a seat on the school board to prove it.

In today’s P&C, Brian Hicks looks at Thomas Ravenel’s fall from grace. Arthur Ravenel apparently hasn’t spoken to his son. “Nobody’s told me he’s got an addiction, but whatever health problems he has, his family will deal with it.” Okay, we’re a week out from this story and Ravenel comments like he just got the news.

Do I think any of this news hurts Giuliani? No. Because Thomas’ troubles and Ravenel’s past statement have done nothing to hurt the families credentials among the folks Arthur needs to pull money from. If anything, Arthur is going to have a harder time selling Giuliani to the South Carolina GOP faithful than he will smoothing over his own family trouble.

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