By Paul Gable
Former Sen. Robert Ford has said he will start calling names if S. C. lawmakers don’t stop the practice of using their public positions to grab millions of taxpayer dollars for personal gain.
In an article by Corey Hutchins of the Charleston City Paper, Ford is quoted as saying this will ‘make the tea party movement look like a beer drinking contest.’
Ford resigned his longtime senate seat during S.C. Senate Ethics Committee hearings into alleged misuse by Ford of his campaign funds.
South Carolina recently was ranked as the least corrupt state in the nation for public corruption, based on the number of convictions of public officials per capita.
Notice, the key word is conviction. We all know that South Carolina is a cesspool of public corruption that goes uncorrected due to the lax ethics laws in the state and even less desire, especially by the Senate and House ethics committees, to enforce them.
Ford intimates he knows of many ethics violations by his former colleagues totaling millions of dollars and he called on them to stop these actions immediately or he would go public with his knowledge.
Ford is making a mistake here. His only proper action is to go public with what he knows right now and let the chips fall where they may.
Any other action seems to be some type of justification by Ford for his previous actions and is just blowing smoke!