Giuliani's SC chair indicted on crack cocaine conspiracy charges
State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, federal and state authorities announced at a news conference at SLED headquarters this afternoon.
The Charleston Republican raised millions of dollars to unseat long-term Democratic incumbent Grady Patterson in November.
Ravenel, 44, is a millionaire real estate developer and the son of Arthur Ravenel Jr., a powerful South Carolina politician who served in the General Assembly and the U.S. House.
As treasurer, Ravenel is responsible for handling the state’s finances and investments. He also holds a seat on the powerful State Budget and Control Board, which controls much of the state bureaucracy. His salary is $92,007. [The Herald]
The Supreme Court recently decided to reexamine the glaring sentencing discrepancies for crack vs. powder cocaine crimes, over the objections of the Bush administration.
Most people forget that Giuliani made his bones as a zealous drug warrior. I wonder if he supports the POTUS on this one.