ATTEMPT TO GUT ATTORNEY GENERAL LOSES MOMENTUM …
Less than twenty-four hours after they were introduced, a pair of controversial bills pushed by embattled S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell are rapidly losing legislative support.
Harrell’s bills – designed to neuter the state’s top prosecutor (who is currently investigating the powerful legislative leader for public corruption) – have lost nearly a third of their original backers.
As of this writing, more than two dozen lawmakers have removed their names as sponsors of the bills.
Twenty-six lawmakers have dropped their support for H. 5072, a bill which would strip the S.C. Attorney General of his ability to prosecute a wide range of public corruption cases. A second bill that would amend the state constitution to strip the Attorney General of his role as the state’s “chief prosecutor” has lost twenty-seven supporters.
“More are coming,” one lawmaker familiar with the exodus told FITS. “People are pissed. They were lied to.”
We’re also told that Harrell’s public denial of having any involvement with the bills is about to be “shredded.”
Sounds like rough sailing ahead for the already embattled leader of the S.C. House … who as we’ve pointed out on numerous occasions is guilty as sin as it relates to the allegations against him (at least the allegations we know of).
Ever since Harrell’s public corruption scandal first hit (way back in September 2012), he has responded like a criminal – lying and refusing to release his records, assassinating the character of one of the reporters who investigated him and then strong-arming her newspaper into backing down (by allegedly threatening to withhold an annual bribe the paper receives from the S.C. General Assembly).
We commend the state lawmakers who removed their names from Harrell’s latest power play … and hope more follow their lead.