I sent you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter – God

Greenville County GOP leader Pressley Stutts dies from COVID-19 – The Greenville News (8-19-21)

Greenville County Republican Party leader Pressley Stutts died Thursday morning after battling COVID-19 for nearly a month.

Stutts’ death was confirmed by Dan Harvell, who represents the Anderson County Republican Party on the South Carolina Republican Party’s executive committee.

“I really don’t have words to say about the imprint that he left on the political landscape in South Carolina,” Harvell said. “He had the kind of personality that enabled him to get done what others couldn’t do.

“He was like the brother I never had.”

Stutts and his wife were rushed to the hospital Aug. 1 after his oxygen levels dropped. “The COVID has created double pneumonia in my lungs,” he said in a Facebook post at the time.

He further said in his post that as a proponent for “freedom and liberty,” no one should be forced to wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Stutts’ health continued to deteriorate as the days went by. Late last week, he announced on Facebook that he was going on a ventilator.

A former chaplain for the Marines, Stutts became the executive committeeman of the Greenville County Republican Party during a July 22 meeting. Before that, he was most well-known as the leader of the Greenville Tea Party.

He also owned two barbecue restaurants in North Carolina.

In June, when U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Greenville to encourage more vaccination in the state, Stutts stood outside with a group of more than 100 people and protested amid scores of waving American flags and posters.

They were protesting against vaccine and mask requirements.

“People should be free to get the vaccines they want. Free not to get it. But what’s happening now is that there’s a discrimination starting to take place,” he told The Greenville News.

But it’s the quest for Greenville County’s GOP leadership that truly illustrates his political career.

Stutts ran a bitter race against ex-chair Nate Leupp for the county chair position in 2019, where he “expected going up against the establishment was going to be tough.”

“I’m not hanging my head,” he said. “We gave a solid showing.”

Two years later, he ran with Jeff Davis and Walter Horin in a slate called the “MAGA slate” for the position of executive committeeman. MAGA is the acronym for former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan — Make America Great Again.

Stutts said in several interviews and events that he wanted to “drain the swamp” in Columbia and “remove the RINOs” from the GOP. RINOs is short for Republican In Name Only, a term he and others have used to describe “politicians who identify as Republicans but legislate like a Democrat.”

After a lost election, tension-filled election audit and arbitrary rule suspensions, Stutts became the executive committeeman.

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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7 Responses to I sent you a truck, a boat, and a helicopter – God

  1. maryplumbago says:

    Karma

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  2. Nan says:

    A slight diversion from the point of your post, but there’s something I often wonder about. You wrote: They were protesting against vaccine and mask requirements.

    WHY do people feel it necessary to raise a big stink about wearing masks and getting vaccinations? If they don’t want to be protected against the virus, so be it. If they prefer to take a chance on dying, that’s THEIR choice. No one is hog-tying them to wear a mask or get a shot.

    So WHY do they feel so compelled to stop OTHERS who WANT to be protected? Why do they take on this artificial role of “Brother’s Keeper”?

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  3. cagjr says:

    I don’t have any sympathy for these people. All those people in the upper echelons of the GOP and Christians Fundamentalists have received the vaccine. People like Abbot and Desantis, and a whole host of preachers, continue to push the resistance to vaccines and masks, and the largest part of people dying from the disease is the no-vaxers and no-maskers. They are extending the life of the virus and allowing it to evolve into more dangerous strains.

    If they are able to feed themselves and make bathroom calls un-assisted, then they have no excuse for not being able to see the lies coming from such as Fox and GOP pos who fear and worship Trump.

    The CDC has declared this to be the pandemic of the unvaccinated. Go figure.

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  4. Neil Rickert says:

    Stutts: “People should be free to get the vaccines they want. Free not to get it.”

    I agree with that part. But it should then follow that businesses, schools, etc should be free to decide not to allow unvaccinated people in their premises. Somehow, he fails to get that part.

    I won’t be shedding any tears for Stutts.

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