S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom was ticketed for running a stop sign in his government-owned vehicle earlier this month, law enforcement sources tell FITS.
No big deal, right?
Of course not … except we’re told that the citation was issued during business hours (i.e. when Eckstrom should have been working). Also, the ticket was issued just around the corner from the home of Kelly Payne – Eckstrom’s one-time lover.
Was Eckstrom (a.k.a. “Comptroller Creepy) stalking his former mistress on taxpayer time?
Honestly we wouldn’t put something like that past this low-life, whose creepy texts and emails during the Payne affair have become the stuff of S.C. political legend (and not in a good way). Not only that, over a decade ago Eckstrom settled a sexual harassment suit filed against him while he was serving as State Treasurer. The woman, Leanne R. Johnson, received $57,000 from South Carolina taxpayers as a result of the settlement.
Rather than suffer the consequences of his bad behavior, Eckstrom was reelected Comptroller last November – and then placed in command of the South Carolina State Guard earlier this month.
Anyway, Eckstrom is scheduled to appear in court later this month on the traffic charge … although we all know that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll show up. Also, we’re checking into reports that Eckstrom may have attempted to use his position to get the ticket quashed.