By Paul Gable
The Conservatives for Responsible Government PAC will feature talks from local politicians seeking endorsement from the organization at its regular meeting Thursday October 25, 2012.
This will be an opportunity to hear from candidates who were unchallenged in the June primary elections who are seeking CRG endorsement in next month’s general election.
Scheduled to speak to the meeting are Horry County council incumbents Bob Grabowski, Paul Prince and Marion Foxworth as well as Senate District 28 Republican candidate Greg Hembree and Horry County Republican chairman Johnnie Bellamy speaking for S.C. 7th District House Republican candidate Tom Rice.
In addition to the above candidates, S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis is scheduled to be on hand as the meeting’s main speaker.
Since assuming office in January 2011, Loftis has been an advocate of more transparent, efficient government with special emphasis on closing the current $15 billion deficit in the state public employees’ pension fund.
Conservatives for Responsible Government is independent of any political party affiliation. It’s members support legislative accountability and transparency at all levels of government, as well as fiscal responsibility.
Last month, CRG featured a presentation by Coastal Conservation League North Coast Director Nancy Cave on a responsible fiscal alternative to the proposed $2.2 billion Interstate 73 road initiative to the coast.
Cave spoke of the Grand Strand Expressway, a road initiative that would update and improve current access roads such as S.C. 38 and U.S. 501 that would provide virtually equal access from the Grand Strand to Interstate 95 at approximately 1/10th of the cost of I-73.
The December 2012 meeting is scheduled to feature former SCDOT commissioner Sarah Nuckles who has been a critic of wasteful spending by DOT while current road and bridge infrastructure deteriorates.
If you are interested in hearing the candidates speak and in smaller, more responsible government that is open to all citizens, consider spending Thursday evening with CRG. The meeting will be held at TBonz Gill and Grill on U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the business meeting to follow.