SC Lt. Governor Resigns After Inappropriate Purchases
Matt | On 09, Mar 2012
South Carolinians have some high-profile leadership missing in action.
The state’s Lieutenant Governor Ken Ard, a Republican, resigned from his position on Friday. He was alleged to have used campaign money for personal expenses, including his wife’s cell phone bill, a PlayStation, iPads, and a TV, according to The State. He has been under investigation by a grand jury for the past nine months in relation to the acts.
Ard sent his resignation to Gov. Nikki Haley just before 10:00 a.m. ET. In a written statement, she said she wished Ard and his family well. How’s that for prompt political distancing? lol..
According to South Carolina law, the president pro tem of the Senate will become lieutenant governor. Lawmakers are also considering other deals to have other high-profile people replace Ard.
I don’t know what in the hell is going on in the Palmetto State. But, Politics 101 says there is a very clear line between personal and campaign expenses. Remember the heat on U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in 2010?
At least Ard is taking “full responsibility” for his actions. I’m sure that having the grand jury hot on his trail, though, had a little something to do with that.