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SCDP Chair Criticizes Sanford Vetoes

May 27, 2008

Immediate Release

May 27, 2008

Press contact: Keiana Page (803) 799-7798

Columbia, SC- South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler released the following statement today in response to Governor Mark Sanford’s veto of the cigarette tax increase that would provide health insurance to an estimated 176,000 uninsured children, adults and disabled citizens in South Carolina, as well as the veto of legislation to provide a cost of living increase for state retirees.

“These vetoes show Mark Sanford’s blatant disregard for South Carolina’s working families. I don’t think our governor understands that not everyone can afford health insurance and that our former state employees are financially dependent on their retirement checks,” said Fowler. “Governor Sanford should do a better job of meeting the needs of all South Carolina citizens instead of only looking after the interests of his wealthy friends in the Lowcountry.

“It has been said, ‘The moral test of government is how that government treats those in the dawn of life, the children; the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.’ By vetoing these very important pieces of legislation, Governor Sanford fails that moral test miserably. I call on all of South Carolina’s legislators to work in a bipartisan fashion to override these vetoes. Our children and the retirees who dedicated their professional lives to our state deserve better.”

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