"The Era of Wasteful Spending in Columbia is Over"
The "Quote of the Night" definitely goes to T-Rav.
True, it wasn't quite as cool as saying "That's just how I roll," but South Carolina's Treasurer-Elect put a clever, fiscally conservative twist on Bill Clinton's famous "Era of Big Government is Over" quote from the 1996 State of the Union address.
Combined with the reelection of Gov. Mark Sanford and Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, Ravenel's victory means fiscal conservatives now hold a 3-2 majority on the powerful State Budget and Control Board, drawing a curtain on the wasteful spending votes that became so rampant under the Harrell-Leatherman-Patterson "Axis of Pork."
Ravenel also showed a lot of class in praising his opponent, Grady Patterson, for the incumbent's lifelong service to the state, even though Patterson refused to debate him and attacked him repeatedly during the campaign.
"We can disagree on politics all day long, but anyone who’s fought in two wars and given his so much of his life to the service of South Carolina deserves our respect, our admiration and our thanks," Ravenel told supporters in his victory speech.
Not only did T-Rav win, so did one of his signature issues - the ballot initiative to allow for international investment of our state retirement fund assets.
And capping off a solid night for T-Rav, his father Arthur Ravenel, Jr. was also elected to the Charleston County School Board.