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SCDP Chair Responds to Sanford Appointment

March 12, 2009

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2009
Press contact: Keiana Page (803)466-8149

SCDP Chair Responds to Sanford Appointment

Carol Fowler, chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Mark Sanford’s appointment of Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom to oversee spending of federal money:

“South Carolinians have a right to expect careful scrutiny of spending from the federal economic stimulus plan. However, Gov. Mark Sanford’s choice of Richard Eckstrom for this task shows remarkably bad judgment.

“Mr. Eckstrom himself has been a terrible steward of taxpayer dollars. He has a history of improper behavior for which South Carolina’s citizens had to pay: he misused a state vehicle and he used state dollars to settle a sexual harassment suit against himself.”

In 2004, Eckstrom took a state-issued minivan on a 3,615-mile trip to Minnesota and charged $665 on a state-issued gas card along the way. Only when the media caught Eckstrom and broke the story in late September 2006 did he repay the illegal charges. In 1997, Eckstrom faced sexual harassment allegations and used $57,500 of state funds to pay for a legal settlement.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Ron permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:25 pm

    As long as Carol Fowler is around, the GOP is assured of staying in power. What a stupid, mean, witch she must be.

    Of all of the things the Dem chaiwoman could be discussing…she chooses this.

    Thanks goodness for Carol Fowler…long may she rule, as a silly fool.

  2. Eliott permalink
    March 12, 2009 7:42 pm

    I have been a loyal Democrat for 30 years and I can tell you Ms. Fowler is an disgrace. She is mean spitited and often wrong. I simply cannot understand comments such as these. They are base, low and vile.

  3. Clair permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:02 pm

    Who is this Fowler person? Has she been elected to something? Is she mad? Is she Jonesing for some crack or something?

  4. Bill permalink
    March 12, 2009 9:10 pm

    She is a buddy of Jean Toals. Sip sip, another Beam and Coke please…sombody give me a blank press release form…burp.

    • March 18, 2009 6:15 pm

      Okay now let’s not knock those of us who really, really like to drink… Butt… cant

  5. Gerry permalink
    March 13, 2009 5:43 am

    I heard Carol Fowler is really Tom Turnipseed in drag. Has anyone ever seen them together?

  6. bagel guy permalink
    March 13, 2009 6:24 am

    I think she is just an unhappy person. Does she ever have anything nice to say about anybody?

  7. bagel guy permalink
    March 13, 2009 6:30 am

    And do the Fowlers really want to bring up alleged misconduct from 12 years ago? Wasn’t Mr. Fowler embroiled in the largest fundraising scandal in history?

  8. Sand Hill permalink
    March 14, 2009 10:28 am

    You go Carol! Keep up the good work!

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