Thomas Ravenel says a self-destructive nature and a midlife crisis are to blame for his cocaine use and ultimate fall from public office.
The 45-year-old former state treasurer told The Post and Courier for a story yesterday that he knew he was going to get caught the last day he bought cocaine - May 25, 2007. Before the summer was over, he was indicted, resigned his newly won state office and pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.
In March, he was sentenced along with his co-conspirator Michael Miller to 10 months behind bars. Ravenel is to report to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia, by May 29, just a little over a year from that last drug buy.
It was a stunning fall for the multimillionaire real estate developer once considered a rising star in the South Carolina Republican Party.