Powerful S.C. State Rep. Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston) is being investigated by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) over “aviation contract issues” tied to his seat on the board of the Charleston International Airport.
Sources at the airport – and at SLED – have confirmed the investigation to FITS.
Limehouse – who was trounced in his bid for the U.S. Congress earlier this year – is accused of pushing contracts between the airport and “companies he was purportedly tied to,” a source familiar with the probe tells FITS.
We’re also told former airport director Sue Stevens – who resigned her post citing “verbal abuse” and “disrespectful behavior” from Limehouse and another member of the board – took excellent notes regarding the corruption.
Limehouse – who is no stranger to self-serving behavior with public funds – tried to run the airport himself after Stevens’ resignation, but he came up one vote short. That outcome surprised many seeing as the rotund “Republican in Name Only” had been stacking the airport board with several of his cronies – including disgraced judge Larry Richter, former U.S. Rep. Tommy Hartnett and establishment “Republican” gadfly Mallory Factor.
The board eventually offered the $211,000 a year post to another fiscally liberal Lowcountry lawmaker – S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell (RINO-Berkeley).
Limehouse isn’t the only fiscally liberal “Republican” from Charleston under investigation by SLED. His boss Bobby Harrell (RINO-Charleston) has been under a SLED probe since February for a wide range of alleged offenses.
Frankly, the two of them deserve to wind up as cellmates given the extent to which they’ve padded their own pockets at the expense of the taxpayers and the public trust … but we’re not holding our breath that’s going to happen.