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February 22, 2010

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Joshua Gross




Connor expresses outrage at waste of taxpayer dollars

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – In response to the news that his opponent had voted to spend $30K in taxpayer money to build a sculpture, Bill Connor released the following statement:

“At a time when unemployment in Florence County is up to 12.7%, spending $30,000 in tax money for a sculpture is an insult to the taxpayers.  Councilman Ard has once again shown that he is more interested in pork projects than restraining government growth.  If his 2006 tax increase and 72% government growth from 2005 to 2008 weren’t enough, this latest project proves that Councilman Ard is not a conservative.

“Worse, Councilman Ard approved this project in the name of ‘economic development.’ Taxpayers know that this is the same sort of stimulus we expect from President Obama and his administration, not from conservatives.

“I understand that one of the stated intents is to honor General Francis Marion.  I honored General Marion by naming the advisory team I took to Afghanistan for the Swamp Fox. I have no problems with building another statue in the General’s honor; I just believe that should be done with private money, not with tax dollars in the middle of a recession.

“The voters of South Carolina are just as tired of ‘tax and spend Republicans’ as they are of ‘tax and spend Democrats.’ Throughout this campaign I have said, as President Reagan did, that Big Government is not the answer. I am confident that on June 8 the voters will reject Councilman Ard’s Big Government approach.”

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves who received the Bronze Star for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Bill is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce for South Carolina statewide office.   In addition to his Reserve duties, Bill serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy.  Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School.

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