Thursday, August 15, 2013

Grifting along with the tide

South Carolina State Senator Lee "None-too" Bright is going to primary Linsey-Woolsy Graham, who is apparently too far left for South Carolina.

 From the announcement:
“During the recess, when I would hope that he would be around folks in South Carolina getting their feelings on so many issues that affect their lives, [jump]
he has instead chosen to take his time to be a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood and that concerns me,” Bright told supporters in a conference call announcing his candidacy. “I feel like he needs to spend more time listening to what the brothers in South Carolina have to say.” 
I think the brothers in South Carolina might be pretty startled to hear from Lee.
Some of the brothers in South Carolina (brothers of Pi Alpha at Clemson U., to be precise)
Bright is noted for his authorship of the Constitutional Carry Act of 2013, which would allow citizens to carry a firearm without a permit, and his lonely opposition to the "Boland Bill" barring the mentally ill from owning guns, one of the few to realize its devastating implications for South Carolina. He is also the author of the Nullificationist witticism, "If at first you don't secede, try, try again." He has not attended college—not that there's anything wrong with that!—but serves on the Board of Visitors, Southeastern Theological Seminary.

The Senator's company, On Time Trucking, has not lived up to its name in some respects, not having made any payments on its mortgage since June 2011. Yesterday, in addition to the announcement of the US Senate campaign, he announced a settlement of the $372,000 claim:
Bright said that "in this economy, a lot of businesses have had problems, and unfortunately ours was one of them. Most of these problems were caused by government regulations - regulations made by bureaucrats who deal only in theory and special interest agendas. I have had to deal in reality, as have many others in South Carolina." 
I don't know about those government regulations. Looks to me like the problem with On Time Trucking might be that it doesn't make any money:
an April filing showed his $10,400 legislative salary as his only personal income and in-district expenses of $12,000. His campaign financial report showed $1,070 on hand.
And that's not his only problem:
A foreclosure on a property in Union County was settled with Bright paying Capital Bank, the mortgage holder, the $17,590 owed on the loan when he defaulted in October 2012 and interest and late fees for a total payment of $18,602, according to attorney Richard Gleissner. Bright said the rental property was sold and his troubles there were tied in with his sinking business.
Then again maybe he just pays himself in some of that South Carolina currency, possibly gold or silver or both, that he's been pushing in the state legislature.

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