IS THE PALMETTO STATE’S TOP WATCHDOG A WANTED MAN?
How corrupt is South Carolina? Even its most prominent “ethics expert” has a checkered past …
John Crangle, the ancient curmudgeon who represents Common Cause in South Carolina, is quoted in dozens of news stories each year as it relates to the all-too frequent bad behavior of our state’s ethically challenged politicians.
We like Crangle … always have. He typically provides forceful quotes railing against our state’s ever-scheming status quo, and we’re actually a little bit jealous that there’s somebody with more piss and vinegar running through his veins than our founding editor. But like Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie), Crangle’s past is far from scandal-free.
In fact according to a 20-year-old article dug up by one of our sources, Crangle is (or was) a wanted man in the State of South Dakota.
According to the story, Crangle allegedly punched and kicked the president of South Dakota State University following a 1970 sit-in protest of the Vietnam War. At the time Crangle was a professor at the school who opposed the war.
“I like his cause but I hate hypocrites,” one S.C. lawmaker told FITS when asked about Crangle’s South Dakota drama.
Hmmmmm … but does an unresolved incident from 42 years ago really make Crangle a hypocrite? We’ll let our readers be the judge of that. We just think it’s funny – and fitting – that South Carolina’s leading authority on ethics is a wanted man.