and that’s what I love about the South…

Posted on Thursday 29 October 2009

Well, Mississippi gave us William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and "Tennessee" Williams. Alabama produced Harper Lee, Truman Capote [and George Wallace]. New Orleans and Louisiana have given us more color that we could ever document. Carson McCullers, James Dickey, Flannery O’Connor – all hail from Georgia. But South Carolina has lagged with colorful characters until recently. No more. Governor Mark Sanford got the ball rolling, followed by Congressman Joe "It’s a lie" Wilson. Comes now Ronald Corning, Assistant Attorney General:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A deputy assistant attorney general who said he was on his lunch break when an officer found him with a stripper and sex toys in his sport utility vehicle has been fired, his boss said Wednesday.

Roland Corning, 66, a former state legislator, was in a secluded part of a downtown cemetery when an officer spotted him Monday, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act. As the officer approached, Corning sped off, then pulled over a few blocks away. He and the 18-year-old woman with him, an employee of the Platinum Plus Gentleman’s Club, gave conflicting stories about what they were doing in the cemetery, Officer Michael Wines wrote in his report, though he did not elaborate.

Corning gave Wines a badge showing he worked for the state Attorney General’s Office. Wines, whose wife also works there, called her to make sure Corning was telling the truth. He then searched the SUV, where he found a Viagra pill and several sex toys, items Corning said he always kept with him, "just in case," according to the report. Corning and the woman were let go without charges. Wines’ wife reported the call to her supervisor, who told Attorney General Henry McMaster.

"We received credible information about inappropriate behavior Monday afternoon," McMaster said Wednesday. "And by the close of business, he was no longer working here." Such a trip to the cemetery "would not be appropriate, at any time, for an assistant attorney general," McMaster said…

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