Former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic is running for the U.S. Congress as a fiscal conservative. In fact his campaign website is “StopSpending.com.”
There’s just one problem with that narrative … as a county councilman, Bostic supported massive increases in government spending. In fact the first congressional district candidate backed budgets which grew Charleston County government more than twice as fast as its population – even after adjusting for inflation.
From 2001-2008, total spending on Charleston County government ballooned from $241 million to $365 million – a 25 percent increase after adjusting for inflation. During that time Charleston County’s population grew by just 12.2 percent – from 310,000 to 348,000.
With the exception of 2001, when he was recorded as absent, Bostic voted for every single county budget.
Making matters worse, Bostic’s tenure on county council included not one, but two recessions – including the “Great Recession” which began in December 2007.
Yeah … looks like somebody better rethink that whole “Stop Spending” schtick.
For reasons surpassing understanding, Bostic has emerged as one of a handful of frontrunners in the crowded race for the first district. That’s pretty impressive considering he doesn’t even live in the district.
Sixteen Republicans are currently battling it out for their party’s nomination for this seat. Meanwhile Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is already campaigning for the general election in May.