Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin is among the most corrupt elected officials South Carolina has ever seen (which is saying something). Don’t believe us? Just look at how his tenure began … and how it continues.

Anyway, despite the fact he’s a person of interest in a joint federal-state investigation into illegal gambling … and despite the fact his city has descended into rampant lawlessness … and despite the fact he’s blowing tens of millions of tax dollars on shady development deals and empty parking garagesBenjamin is going to be reelected this November.

According to the results of a city mayoral poll obtained by FITS – Benjamin currently enjoys a whopping 32-point lead over his nearest rival.

The poll – conducted by an outfit not affiliated with any of the city’s mayoral campaigns – shows Benjamin receiving 51 percent of the vote compared to 19 percent for city councilman Moe Baddourah and nine percent for former FBI analyst Larry Sypolt.


Wait … Moe … Larry … where’s Curly? Maybe if Curly jumps in …

Oh well, barring an indictment or some other equally seismic revelation … look forward to more of the same “leadership,” Columbia. In fact we fully expect Benjamin to step up his corruption given his insurmountable lead.