Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

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At this point, we can make it official: Rudy Giuliani really, really, really has bad luck with members of South Carolina’s Ravenel clan.

Earlier this month, Rudy’s former South Carolina chair, Thomas Ravenel, quietly stepped down from the gig after getting indicted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Today, Rudy’s campaign announced that Ravenel’s father, Arthur Ravenel, Jr., would serve as the state’s campaign co-chair. But now Rudy isn’t faring a heck of a lot better with Ravenel the Elder, either.

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