Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Sanford mess continues

it is Thanksgiving week, a time when most people are worried about their annual dinners with family, sporting events, including, of course, Carolina and Clemson facing off on the gridiron. However, Mark Sanford is grabbing headlines again.

Governor Sanford is grabbing headlines this week by being charged with 37, that is right, 37, violations of ethics rules by the South Carolina Ethics Commissions. Among the charges are campaign fund reimbursements from the still active 2006 Sanford for Governor campaign fund that VUI pointed out months ago.

Last week, VUI pointed out some problems with Sanford's handpicked Transportation Secretary. Since that posting, various people have submitted information to VUI about other problems with the Department of Transportation. Over the next week or so, VUI will be chasing down those leads and posting about what we find.

The irony of it all is stunning. Governor Mark Sanford ran twice on making South Carolina government open and accountable. Further, Governor Sanford has been quick to point out how members of the General Assembly did not meet his standards for ethics and fair dealing. Now, the Governor and his have lawyered up and are defending their actions on the very legal technicalities those they attacked used.

The Sanford mess smacks of hypocrisy. Sanford was the family values Governor who cheated on his wife. He was the accountable Governor who went missing for a week and left his sons on Father's Day weekend. Sanford and his associates are the folks who touted a higher ethical standard that now seems to be a smokescreen, especially if the mainstream media digs into the things at the Department of Transportation and the Department of Social Services.

Those hoping for a Sanford rehabilitation have to be disappointed. VUI is. We at VUI wanted to believe Mark Sanford was a sincere and honest man who we disagreed with on a couple of issues. But, as the evidence comes in, the Sanford mess is one of his own doing as the Governor and his lackeys look more like good ole boys out to get theirs than the reformers they claim to be. The question now is will the South Carolina General Assembly act, or will they cower behind their own political plays and fears of their own acts being exposed somehow.

8 comments:

  1. When will you realize that Mark Sanford is the greatest Governor we have ever had? This ethics stuff is just bullshit. So what if he broke a few rules? He is our Governor and he has our best interests at heart always. He is due a free airplane ride or some favors for his friends every now and then. How do you think we eat, bitch?

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  2. Impeach Sanford now! Thank you Mr. McCarty for all you do.

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  3. Brian McCarty is running for Anderson County Council against the greatest conservative leader of our time, Cindy Wilson. All McCarty writes on this blog is just to help get him elected to Anderson County Council. Ask Rick Driver. Ask Stan Welch. They know the truth. Brian McCarty created this blog to run against Cindy Wilson.

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  4. Yo, Cindy Fan, you assume people give a damn about who Cindy Wilson, whomever she is, I don't know, really is. I thought this post was about Sanford. Some people gotta see everything through their own eyes. McCarty creating a blog back in 2006 to run against your lover/pet/whatever? You gotta be joking. I know McCarty. He is about as interested in running for Anderson County Council as I am, and I live in Richland County.

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  5. Yo, Dave, keep your ignorant ass back in Richland County. We know the truth about Brian McCarty. He moved to Honea Path to run against our great leader, Cindy Wilson. Just as Rick or Stan.

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  6. Mark Sanford should do us all a favor and resign.

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  7. McCarty for Governor

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  8. Brian rocks. He's cooler than doing bong hits with Sanford.

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