A day after the Anderson Independent Mail reported that the investigators paid by the current Anderson County Council to investigate the previous County Council and County Administrator had turned over information to the Anderson County Sheriff to investigate, Will Folks over at the blog "Fits News" has posted that Councilman Bob Waldrep is under SLED investigation for submitting an improper legal bill to the county to pay. Waldrep is one of the current council members clamoring the loudest for the paid investigation of the previous council administrator and previous council members.
For those of you mostly concerned with just Anderson area politics, Will Folks's blog is perhaps the most read political blog in the state. Now, Folks is wrong on issues sometimes and his methods are pretty cut throat at times. That said, his blog is taken very seriously by politicos and news types. Even though VUI has butted heads with FITS on some issues and some posts, the fact is, more often than not, FITS has its sources down cold.
That means bad news for those of us who call Anderson County home. It seems that the those who have spent thousands to investigate their political opponents now have one of their champions being investigated.
Such is what happens when people get so bitter and angry that they try to criminalize politics. A cycle is started that spins on and on until pretty much everyone in political office is found unclean.
There is no way of knowing who, if anyone, will face criminal charges in this cycle of self destruction set forth by the so called leaders of Anderson County over the past few years. What is certain is that the current leadership and the most recent past leadership of the county throw allegations at one another at a rate that is proving to leave them both tainted. There will no clear winners of that cycle.
There will be losers. The losers are the people of Anderson County, who now have their home county's reputation tarnished, see their local and state tax dollars spent on pursuing allegations from both sides of the great saga, and have so called leaders worried less about the people and more about getting even.
No wonder we are made fun of by FITS News or anyone else. However, I will state this to Mr. Folks and to whomever else: the people of Anderson County are far better than those who represent them in county government. Please do not judge the people of Anderson County on the petty and bizarre actions of the past two county councils.