by Chris Haire
There's not much I want to say here. I don't want to spoil the fun. But suffice to say it involves blogger and former Sanford spokesman Will Folks, Capitol security, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, and the No. 2 prettiest face on Capitol Hill Brecke Latham, Barrett's former spokesperson.
Here's Sic Willie's opener at FITS News (And as usual, this is Will Folks, so proceed with caution):
An attempt to ask a government employee a simple “yes” or “no” question on public property escalated into a showdown between the “new media” and the “old guard” on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning.
Call it the “Fifth Estate” versus the “Fourth Reich,” although the winner of this particular skirmish remains unclear at this point. What is clear is that a story that may have never seen the light of day is suddenly seeping out due to what can only be described as a colossal overreaction by a Congressional staffer — and the U.S. Capitol Police.
Here’s what happened …
Shortly after 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday morning, three agents of the U.S. Capitol Police detained FITS founding editor Sic Willie — author of the Palmetto State’s most influential, widely-read political website — for nearly an hour. After grilling Sic with questions and running a background check (presumably to see if he had any outstanding warrants), the officers eventually escorted him from the Rayburn House Office Building and enjoined him from re-entering the premises under the threat of arrest.
This is why I moved back to South Carolina. No one plays dirty like we do.