by Chris Haire
... either that or this is one of the most ill-advised April Fool's jokes ever.
Here's what Kevin Hall reportedly had to say on his campaign site for the chairmanship of the S.C. GOP (We're still trying to get confirmation that this isn't some lame ass prank. You can only trust a website so much, you know. Especially those damn blogs. They're so unreliable.):
A few weeks ago, I began to experience occasional shortness of breath and some tightness in my chest. I have been a runner all my life, so it never occurred to me that I might be having serious problems. In response, I tried to get a little more sleep and to eat better. Then on Wednesday of last week, the symptoms returned. However, this time it was obvious to me that something was seriously wrong. I was admitted to Providence Hospital in Columbia with chest pains and other symptoms of a heart attack. I stayed in the hospital a couple of days as I underwent a series of tests to determine my condition and the treatment options going forward.
I am relieved that I did not have a heart attack, but there are some heart-related issues that I will have to deal with in the weeks ahead. Given the uncertainty in store for me and my family, we know that I have to do what I don't want to do – step away from the campaign and leave the leadership of our party to others for the time being.