Sat through a forum at the Greenville Library last night put on by a host of agencies - too many to name. Since there were five candidates there from four different races, I decided to focus on their answers to a simple question asked at the forum. The question at hand was what would they do about ethics reform. But before I get to that, I should note that none of the incumbents attended citing business in Columbia.
David McCraw, challenger in State Senate 12: McCraw took his two minutes to blast incumbent Lee Bright. He reminded people that Bright actually sold Confederate Flag bumper stickers after the Charleston murders last summer.
Lisa Scott, challenger in State Senate 12: Scott said the people making decisions on ethics shouldn't be appointed by Legislators and the Governor. She also wants to minimize the legislative process on judicial selections.
Jason Elliott, challenger in State House 22: Also talked about changing the ethics filing. Also added key points on changing how candidates and politicians announce how they get funded. He also talked about putting in spending caps.
Lillian Brock Flemming, challenger in State Senate 7: Flemming did her homework citing some recent bills introduced that apply to ethics, but said the problem has been in the Senate.
William Timmons, challenger in State Senate 6: Timmons started off saying the incumbent Mike Fair is a good person, but has done nothing to stop the ethics problems in Columbia. Timmons also pretty much made sure he will never be on Hugh Leatherman's Christmas card list by calling out the Florence senator's many questionable political actions.