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    ...Although this could change in the coming year, to this point [Lt. Gov. Andre] Bauer simply has not demonstrated that he has the vision to lead our state.

    Nor is it responsible to overlook what we know about Mr. Bauer as a person. Mr. Sanford acted in a grossly irresponsible way for one week. Mr. Bauer’s fits of irresponsibility and self-dealing have been a hallmark of his tenure: He intimidated the Transportation Department into paying him more than double its original offer for a sliver of land to widen a highway, and then "forgot" to report that sale as required by law. He barreled down Columbia's Assembly Street at speeds up to 60 mph, running two red lights and so startling a police officer that he felt the need to pull a gun on Mr. Bauer. He used a police radio to try to call off troopers when he was driving 101 mph on his way home from a political event in a state car and, when that failed, escaped without even a warning by making the trooper think he was a high-ranking law enforcement officer. Even before he was elected, he sent out campaign flyers designed to make it look like all the GOP gubernatorial candidates had endorsed him (they had not), and then bragged about his trickery.

    Mr. Sanford, who never wanted a security team, was convinced to accept one in order to protect him from the public. Mr. Bauer has always craved his own security detail, and lawmakers gave in and provided him one after it became clear that he needed to be protected from himself — and, frankly, that the public needed protection from him.

    "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

    by wayward on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 03:11:55 PM PDT

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