For Immediate Release
August 10, 2009
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SC Dems: McMaster Owes State Sanford Explanation and Investigation
Columbia, SC – South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler released the following statement today in response to recent media reports that Governor Mark Sanford often abused state aircraft for personal use. These state-funded flights include a flight from Myrtle Beach to Columbia for a hair appointment.
“South Carolinians, who have been repeatedly embarrassed this summer by Mark Sanford, were appalled over the weekend to learn that the governor’s fondness for expensive travel led him to misuse taxpayer dollars by taking state planes for his personal and political use. All his bragging about being thrifty becomes a joke when he spends over $1200 to get to an appointment with his barber,” said Fowler.
“We should be grateful to the news media for carrying out this investigation, because our attorney general seems paralyzed by the politics of it. Why is Henry McMaster silent on this? Why is he so hesitant to investigate the governor’s abuse of his office? In other states, responsible attorneys general look for the truth when elected officials, even in their own parties, appear to have violated the law.
“I’m curious about why Attorney General McMaster refuses to do his duty and look into Governor Sanford’s use of taxpayer money to pay for his personal and political travel. Mr. McMaster owes us an explanation and an investigation.”
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