Will Yap For Food July 19, 2007Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.
CLEMSON PROFESSOR SUCKING UP FOR 2008 PRESIDENTIAL WORK
FITSNews – July 19, 2007 – Things must be getting pretty tight for Clemson University professor Dave Woodard. You’d think the $82,443 a year salary (plus state benefits) that the taxpayers are shelling out for him to teach political science would be enough to provide a decent living, but apparently not, as Woodard is actively using his taxpayer-provided position to lobby for 2008 presidential work. From Greenville News‘ reporter Dan Hoover‘s blog:
“If anyone would like to PAY ME to joint their campaign, I’m certainly interested in hearing about it. In fact, would you please ask someone to hire me, anyone, I don’t care who.”
“This guy’s beginning to take off, it looks like,” Woodard told reporter Bob Dalton. “He’s got enough money, and he seems to be doing well in other states. He’s on TV, and he’s building up a positive image of himself, and that’s making a difference.”
Well, if you consider going from 6% to 7% in most South Carolina polls to be a “difference.”
Could it be that in addition to his taxpayer-funded quest for presidential work, Woodard is possibly man-crushing on Mitt just a little bit?
“There’s a good gene pool in the Romney family. When they stand up there, they look pretty good,” he told Dalton.
Whatever Woodard’s motives, we’re paying this guy a lot of money to teach our students, not overtly fawn over presidential candidates in an effort to get hired by a campaign.
Political scientists are supposed to be objective observers, not paid mouthpieces, but Woodard’s history of pay-for-play advocacy makes him about as objective as a candidate’s wife. No wonder the vast majority of South Carolina reporters routinely bypass him and get their quotes from legitimate political scientists like Blease Graham, Scott Huffmon, Neal Thigpen or Danielle Vinson.
Speaking of presidential hires, look for our article later today about Fred Thompson‘s possible options as he looks to assemble a South Carolina organization.
Woodard may have ruled out working for Team Fred, but there are a number of S.C. political operatives who haven’t.