Friday, September 22, 2006

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.


Anonymous B Rabbit said...

Isn't that how the Slick Wil got a Fulbright scholarship, chauffering the late Senator Willie J?

3:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Eckstrom is the real deal, a true conservative that does exactly as he says.

This ridiculously silly article ON THE FRONT PAGE of the State reminds us all of why we don’t take the State Newspaper seriously.

5:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems to me a "protector of taxpayer dollars" would have taken his own family's car or rented a car as opposed to piling on mileage and wear and tear to the taxpayer's car for a family vacation....

11:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Summary: "All Eckstrom did was take $600 plus in gas and the use of the car from the state "and he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for that meddling Theodore! Also, part of the trip was to see an ailing relative and Sanford should have lent him a state aircraft for the trip"

Was this front page news? No. However, to say it wasn't an egregious abuse of discression on Eckstrom's part would be incorrect. I am a pretty good citizen and pay my taxes EVERY year, but if one year I intentionally skate by on several hundred bucks I hope the IRS and SC Dep of Rev will give me the same pass Folks is trying to give Eckstrom here. It might seem easy to blame Theodore for this for leaking it, but it seems Eckstrom might be a tad bit more culpable here.

12:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me understand this: It's acceptable for a public official to spend taxpayers' money for his own personal use as long as he's a "conservative?" You would think the man would want to set an example in all aspects of his behavior. In this case, the only reason that he paid it back was that he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. You might check his tenure as Treasurer for another glaring example of a personal "indescretion."

12:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayhaps Andre could have flown him.

4:05 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

Eckstrom shouldn't have done it. I'm sure he has his own car. However, taking a state car on a vacation is hardly front-page news either.

This qualifies for a slap with a ruler, not a firing squad.

But if this is the best that Theodore's people have to put out there, that's not enough.

I was thinking that given the support he's getting from his father's formidible network, we were going to see a more thoughtful campaign from Theodore than this.

6:25 PM


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