Thursday letters: Office needs trust, accountability

07/31/2014 12:00 AM

07/30/2014 7:02 PM

As the chief financial officer and member of the Budget and Control Board, our comptroller general is responsible for our state’s long-term financial health, and the welfare of millions of families and businesses.

We need someone managing the office whom we can trust and who has our citizens’ best interests in mind, not his own.

I believe Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom has let the people down. As a career politician who’s been in office for close to two decades, he has lost sight of what public service is all about.

Mr. Eckstrom would like you to look past his personal issues and focus on his financial leadership. But twice, he has filed the state’s important Comprehensive Annual Financial Report late. This has placed the state’s credit rating at risk. In the private sector, any CFO failing this dramatically at such a basic duty would be fired immediately.

Mr. Eckstrom also continues to be plagued by ethical issues regarding the use of his campaign funds for personal gain.

People are getting tired of reading about political and ethical scandals involving our elected officials. Enough is enough. It’s time for real accountability and honest leadership.

I am the Democratic nominee for comptroller general, and I will bring much-needed accountability and leadership back to this critical office. I am a CPA with more than 15 years of experience and an adjunct professor of accounting at USC.

Serving as comptroller general shouldn’t be about party or politics; it should be about serving the people of South Carolina, honestly and effectively.

Kyle Herbert


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