The Governor of South Carolina has a little known power that is not used very often. That power is to appoint county officials to finish terms that are left vacant for whatever reason. It is a particularly strong part of the Governor's arsenal of political power. In Dorchester County, Governor Sanford gets a chance to exercise that power with the soon resignation of Dorchester County Treasurer Patsy Knight, who was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from District 97.
Governor Sanford has a chance to do the right thing, both for the people of Dorchester County, and politically in appointing Mary Pearson. From all accounts, Pearson is duly qualified, and will bring a needed conservative Republican approach to the office. The Dorchester Republican Party voted to recommend her appointment to the Governor, and Pearson has support as far away as Anderson County for the post. Pearson will get the job done,the way it ought to be done.
Governor Sanford has a great chance here to appoint someone who will bring his conservative approach to local government, where is badly needed. And, Governor Sanford will also do the political will of the people who make up his strongest base. It seems a no brainer. Governor Sanford needs to appoint Mary Pearson Treasurer of Dorchester county.