Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who apparently is thinking about a 2012 run for president, may reject nearly a quarter of the federal stimulus money available for his state.
On Monday, the Democratic National Committee says it will begin airing the following TV ad on stations in Columbia, S.C., to help him reconsider:
More background can be found here. The ad mentions that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer doesn’t agree with Sanford.
This from a piece by Bauer on SCHotline:
As a fiscal conservative I am not a fan of the current “economic stimulus” bill, however, it is hard to ignore the awful possibility that South Carolina taxpayers could wind up stuck in the salad bar after paying full price for a prime rib buffet.
For openers let me be clear: I support our governor’s attempt to use additional stimulus money to repay debt. It’s a wise and good use of funds that positions us well for the future.
Clearly, Governor Sanford believes he is doing the right thing, and I don’t for a minute doubt his intentions. This is someone who time and time again has fought for the taxpayers.
But here is where I disagree. If the administration turns down the Governor’s request, I cannot in good conscience allow South Carolina taxpayers to fund benefits for the other 49 states.
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