- "It was a sad period in our state's history and probably not uncommon. ... It doesn't undo what happened. It does allow the state to put its best foot forward."
attorney representing radio host Tom Joyner's bid for posthumous pardon for two uncles
- "I don't think he can give a punch, and I don't think he can take a punch. That isn't to say he's not a good guy."
former chairman of the state Democratic Party, on candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen
- Once (the trooper) went to the car and confirmed who was in the car, there was nothing else to do."
State Department of Public Safety director Mark Keel, on Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter's decision not to ticket driver of car carrying Gov. Mark Sanford
The remaining months of Gov. Mark Sanford's term aren't worth saving unless he can somehow rebuild public confidence in his leadership. That's why he should honor his original commitment to support an open Ethics Commission investigation. ...
But the subject of an Ethics Commission investigation has the ability to waive confidentiality, to declare the public should know about the information discovered. Sanford, under public pressure, had declared he wanted his investigation to be open.
Lately, he has backtracked on that. ...
Sanford is unlikely to salvage any benefit from the rest of his term. He has done too much damage. He and the state would be better off if he resigned. But if he insists on staying, he has no hope other than convincing the people of South Carolina that he still believes in the values he has advocated. He must allow this investigation to be fully open.
The Herald-Journal (Spartanburg)
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster made the right move - both ethically and politically - in deciding to return thousands of dollars in campaign donations from private lawyers he has hired to do state work. ...
It could be argued that McMaster should have recognized the potential legal conflict from the start and refused donations from the lawyers he had hired. But returning the money is the next-best thing he could have done.
We wouldn't be surprised, however, if his opponents raise the issue in the future.
The Herald (Rock Hill)
Information gathered by Gov. Mark Sanford's office on airplane use by state universities may provide "context," as his spokesman says, to the governor's use of aircraft, which is being reviewed by the State Ethics Commission. It will certainly have the broader benefit of providing additional data about how state money is being spent on air travel. ...
Flights have been recently curtailed by the budget crisis. The Medical University of South Carolina is even selling its Beechcraft King Air turboprop because of budget woes. Maybe similar fleet reductions are warranted elsewhere.
Obviously, those issues are secondary to the pending drama involving the governor, House leaders, the State Ethics Commission and the state Supreme Court. (May it soon be resolved.)
But eventually, the Legislature should review the general availability and use of aircraft by agencies and state universities, since they, too, fly on the public's dime. New rules will surely be needed for the long term.
The Charleston Post and Courier
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- "The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error."
William Jennings Bryan
- "Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream."