Despite what some of the so called “Rhino” hunters out there think, there are times VUI agrees with Governor Mark Sanford. His deal for a port in Jasper County is one example. Another is his decision to send questions about Anderson County government operations over the past few months over to SLED to look at. That was a great decision for the people of Anderson County.
For far too long, Anderson County government has been divided by petty personal differences, lawsuits, accusations thrown about by both sides of the Preston v. Wilson saga, and general embarrassment. The current council, elected in the wake of a tax increase, seems worried more about spending taxpayer money on lawyers and accountants to evaluate the former council and ex administrator than about bringing about conservative reform to county government. There seem to be no winners in the vicious cycle of Anderson County politics, only losers. Those losers are we the people.
By asking SLED to look into things, Governor Sanford gave the current council a way out of the insanity. The current council can stop spending taxpayer money on lawyers and accountants to do their bidding, and let SLED do their job. Letting SLED do the investigating will allow the current council to get to the heavy lifting in local government of actually reforming county operations to reflect a conservative agenda. Let SLED find any wrongdoing and deal with it.
As for the Preston crowd,(those who defend the former administrator), and the like, they should drop their lawsuits and let SLED do their job. If they believe they did no wrong, it should not be a problem. SLED will vindicate them.
The same is true of the Cindy Wilson crowd. If they truly believe acts by the Preston crowd were criminal, they should relax and let SLED find the wrongdoing and deal with it.
Now that SLED is looking at things, the current council needs to get down to the business of running the county and trying to bring in jobs in this tough economy and run essential services. . Not one hour of their time or one dollar of county money should be spent on anything else. The big boys are here to find any wrongdoing. It is time for council to get on with governing.
The next few days will be telling about the current Anderson County Council. Will they take the Governor’s way out of the madness, or will they continue to use taxpayer money to fund lawyers, accountants and investigators into the past? Will they stand back and let an impartial party such as SLED look at things, or will they have their own taxpayer paid for vengeance ride? We shall see. But, let it be clear, Governor Sanford gave the current council a way out of the madness. If they choose otherwise, it is all on them.