The big news out of the Governor's office officially is that the Governor is going to China. The Governor is heading a delegation of South Carolinians going to China to try to win some economic development for the state. The list of those going are the who's who of Sanford supporters, from the business sector and the General Assembly.
I do not have anything against the Governor to China. Indeed, I wish him well. However, his stewardship over the Department of Commerce has become a joke among those in the know. Just ask the people of Greenville County how well Sanford works for economic development as they struggle to keep about a 1000 jobs at the Donaldson Center.
One upstate elected official made it clear to me. "I have never seen a Department of Commerce so political and so against economic development. It is unbelievable how inept they are under Sanford."
Putting that aside, fellow blogger and former Sanford staffer Will Folks on his blog, FITS News, made clear that in 2008 Sanford is going to openly go after General Assembly members who disagree with the Governor. Folks makes like this is some sort of revelation. I hate to break it to him, but politicos in the know are not stupid. The Governor's allies went hard after folks in the General Assembly in 2006 via South Carolinians for Responsible Government. They had mixed results. But, there was more out of state money in the General Assembly races than ever before. And, all of those out of state donors were Sanford allies in that they support his causes or gave to him.
So, to claim that Sanford has never gotten involved in legislative races is down right silly. We ain't stupid, Slic Willie.
Back to the trip to China. The list of travelers tells me what I already know. This Governor and his people are more about scoring political points than getting things done. Getting a good trip for his supporters seems more important than getting some real jobs for South Carolina.
If that was not the case, the Governor would stay home and straighten out the mess that is his Department of Commerce and not get into pissing contests with the House Speaker over making sure Greenville County keeps a big number of high paying jobs.