Monday, May 12, 2008

Anderson County politics is just nuts

The GOP candidates for Anderson County Council debated last night and nothing new was learned for the most part. The county party is divided between what can be dubbed the Wilson/Waldrep faction a.k.a. CAVE people by their opponents, and the pro Administrator Preston faction. To the outside world, the division in the local Anderson GOP might seem silly or even trivial, but on the ground in Anderson County, it is a serious thing.

Just ask any passionate member of either faction. In hushed conversation and on internet blogs, both sides readily hurl criminal accusations, personal accusations, and about anything else they can think of to attack one another. You will hear everything from marital infidelity to stealing money from the public to bribery to even mafia involvement. No insult or accusation seems too far for either faction as they battle it out in Anderson County. The factions use the courts as well, with a legal battle currently being considered by the SC Supreme Court.

For the handful of us who see the wrong and right in both sides and urge some of sort of compromise and civility, we are insulted even worse. I was told point blank on another blog that I had to choose one side or the other.

I choose neither. I am embarrassed by them both. It is far past time for people to grow up and leave behind their sophomoric ego rants. The cost for my independent or rational thinking has been to be sniped at by both sides.

Anderson County competes in a global economy. We are competing with the world for jobs, and we need to at least have leaders that get along civilly and professionally at the most basic of levels to put the county’s best face forward. We can not hope to compete when we have outsiders come in looking to invest only to be met with rhetoric like, “Don’t believe what this person says.” Those leaders likely think, “uh, okay, when is the next flight out of this place, thank you very much.”

The divide affects other political offices as well. Incumbent Solicitor Chrissy Adams is facing a tougher than expected fight in part because both factions have members upset that she did not find some way to prosecute their opponents.

Indeed, most politicians in the area tread lightly in Anderson County. Anderson County is now a place where the clash of personalities has replaced the clash of ideas. It is as if running for county office has taken on the nature of running for freshman class president in high school. It is one clique versus another. The difference is we expect 14 year olds to act in such ways, but we expect, and deserve, grown people to at least be able to work with one another when they can and debate their ideas civilly when they can not. The thousands of people who call Anderson County home, work hard, pay their taxes and raise their families, deserve better from their leaders than what they are getting. What we are getting now is just nuts.


  1. AnonymousMay 13, 2008

    You are the one that is nuts if you can not see how Joey Preston is robbing Anderson County blind.

  2. I guess you and that long haired freak from the lowcountry who dared to reject a wonderful woman know how it feels to lose out the power of an intelligent woman who is your better. What are you the two of you going to do when Bill wins without you? Better be ready to go into hiding in that CAVE you live in.

  3. SugarfootMay 13, 2008

    Why can't you just leave Anderson County and shut the hell up? We don't want you here. Can't you get it? You are not welcomed. We don't want your comments. Just go away or die. Take your pick. But, either way, shut the Hell up.

    And, hey, we want our building back now!

  4. AnonymousMay 13, 2008

    Although it's pronounced "click", it's spelled "clique" need to thank me. :-)

  5. AnonymousMay 13, 2008

    hey! i think i stepped in some shih!

  6. Southern PatriotMay 13, 2008

    Scalawag, you are just upset that General Ron Wilson runs Anderson County now.

    Traditional Southern government is being held in Anderson County. Col. Preston is doing a great job following the General's orders. So is Major McAbee.

    When the SCV comes to occupy the county at its convention, you had better take a vacation.

    I can't wait to see that confederate flag flying over the county courthouse.

    Only Commander in Chief Wilson could get that done, and you don't like it one bit.

  7. Brian, I presume I'm the long-haired freak which dogshih referred to, but what I want to know is just who this "wonderful woman" is supposed to be?

  8. AnonymousMay 14, 2008

    The biggest nut in Anderson County is you. You are just pissed that Billly Boy didn't give you a cut, so now you act all nuetral and above it all. SSHM on cocklebur has your number, Coke, as does Dunebuggy. You are a hack. No one is buying you telling it like it is bit.

    At least SSHM and Dunebuggy do what they have been paid to do, and don't bite the hand that used to feed them.

    You are a washed up has been, no check that, a washed up never was. Amy was right about you all along.

  9. AnonymousMay 14, 2008

    Hey long haird freak aka Earl Capps, let me tell you something, I know all about you and Amy and how you acted.

    Amy is an upright hard working mother, and you are a freaking pervert, just ask Bill, he will tell you. You should be ashamed.

    God is on Amy and Bill's side, and you and that lowlife Brian McCarty, (why ain't he dead yet?), can not stop God.

    Go put up a Cindy Wilson sign and shut the hell up. Praise God for showing us all what you and your evil fat ass friend are.

  10. Anderson NativeMay 14, 2008

    You are dead on about how things are here. I am sick of all them. I am sick of Cindy Wilson and I am sick of Joey Preston. I want them both to be sent packing.

    Somebody out there has to be better than what we have. It is time to move on to something better. This can not be the best we can do.

  11. I'm a pervert. At least someone got something right about me around here.

    But I thought this posting was about those involved in Anderson County politics? Clearly I'm not.

  12. AnonymousMay 24, 2008

    Sugarfoot is a free loading pissant that can kiss my ass. People know who you are Sugarfoot, and what your after. Kiss our ass.