Eckstrom: Will Folks to Chauffer Future Trips
State Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom today announced that any future non-taxpayer related trips would be taken in a bright red 2001 Corvette convertible - with Will Folks serving as his chauffer.
"From this point forward, this will be how I roll," Eckstrom told reporters while fumbling to readjust the bass levels on the car stereo as Wu Tang Forever blasted from its speakers.
"It's Will muthaf---er, Will Folks muthaf---er," Eckstrom freestyled to the infectious rap beat.
"Yeah-ya, uhhh-uhhh," Folks added. "Uhhh-uhhhh."
Eckstrom's affiliation with Folks - whose unauthorized use of a Corvette from a Columbia area car dealer in 2004 prompted four AP stories - seemed not to trouble the Comptroller General.
"Will is my ace boom coo," Eckstrom said. "And we gonna smoke dat fool Drew. Ya know?"
In all seriousness, though, trying to slam Richard Eckstrom for being wasteful with your money is like trying to link Rudy Guiliani to al-Queda. He's been the most passionate defender of the taxpayer this state has seen in years, in addition to being one of the few good guys left in state government.
It's also pretty telling that the first shot out of the box from his Democratic challenger Drew Theodore isn't anything substantive about what he'd do as Comptroller General, but rather a petty political leak against a guy who made a $600 error in judgment (which he has since repayed) while trying to go see a dying relative.
Personally, we'll take Eckstrom's $600 "indiscretion" over the millions in wasteful spending Drew Theodore would represent on the Stat Budget and Control Board anyday.