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By FITSNews || Less than twenty-four hours after the City of Columbia’s most corrupt “poverty pimp” pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion, leaders of South Carolina’s Capitol City are bending over backward (behind closed doors) to see that his son inherits his office.

Sheesh.

And we wonder why this city – recently dubbed the “Face of the Recession” – is going to hell in a hand basket so quickly …

Sources tell FITS that a closed-door deal is currently in the works that would allow disgraced City of Columbia Councilman E.W. Cromartie II to resign his office Wednesday morning (which he would be forced to do eventually as part of his plea agreement) – provided, of course, that the date for the “special election” to replace him is set for April 6, the same day as the Columbia mayoral race.

Why does this matter?

Well, as FITS reported earlier Tuesday, voter turnout in Cromartie’s predominantly African-American district is expected to be through the roof that day, as one of the city’s top three mayoral candidates – Steve Benjamin – is African-American.

What else might ensure that this seat stays in the hands of the cabal that has run this city’s finances into the ground?

Well … what about running E.W. Cromartie III as a candidate?

Seriously, you wouldn’t even have to change the name on the ballot …

Amazingly, that’s exactly what’s happening.

In fact, City Council is scheduled to meet this Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m., at which point Council members will go into “executive session” to put the finishing touches on this “corrupt bargain.”  When they reemerge, they will announce Cromartie’s resignation and inform the public that the special election date has indeed been set for April 6.

Within hours, we’re sure, Cromartie’s “mini-me” will announce his candidacy.

You gotta love politics in South Carolina, people.

Anyway, with Cromartie’s “mini-poverty pimp” duly installed, expect the City of Columbia to continue down its current path of taxing residents and businesses back to the stone age to fund a bunch of failed government-run “economic development …

UPDATE: Given the pressure they were facing on this, City of Columbia held Wednesday’s vote in open session.  A small victory.   Sadly, the “corrupt bargain” remains in place …