Back To The Future On State Budget Board July 25, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
LEGISLATIVE BIG-SPENDERS SET TO RESTORE THEIR MAJORITY ON POWERFUL STATE BOARD
FITSNews – July 25, 2007 – Two weeks after a report showed half a billion dollars in missed savings on South Carolina’s Budget & Control Board, the big-spending Marxist-Leninists who created the culture of waste and inefficiency at the nation’s only legislative-executive administrative agency are about to regain their functional majority.
With yesterday’s resignation of State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, the stars are now aligned for State Rep. Converse Chellis to be elected Treasurer. Sources tell FITSNews that Chellis’ candidacy has been aggressively supported by both State Sen. Hugh Leatherman and House Ways & Means Chairman Dan “Egg-Tooth” Cooper – two of the biggest spenders on the planet – and that he is a lock to receive the nod when the legislature reconvenes to vote on Ravenel’s successor.
One State House observer with ties to the administration of Gov. Mark Sanford called Chellis’ appointment a “bad episode of Back to the Future.” Of course it’s actually much worse than that …
In addition to being one of the “New Deal” Republicans in Columbia guilty of expanding government by FDR-esque proportions, Chellis is about as ethically bankrupt a legislator as you are ever going to find.
One of the central figures in the “Beattygate” scandals that saw South Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly elect a Democrat to the State Supreme Court, Chellis is widely-reported to have traded his vote on an appellate court appointment for his brother, Summerville Attorney James Chellis.
If “status quo” was a dictionary entry, Converse Chellis would be the photo illustration.
Not necessarily because he’s a ringleader in all the double-dealing and taxpayer-funded shenanigans that transpire in Columbia, but because he’s always there lurking around the edges of the intrigue, waiting for the right moment to exploit the situation for his own personal and political advantage.
Stay tuned …