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More “Republican” Nepotism In SC




|| By FITSNEWS || This website has zero use for S.C. Rep. Davey Hiott – a liberal “Republican” from Anderson County, S.C.

He’s nothing but a special interest whore – a bought-and-paid for tool of whatever well-funded special interest needs a handout or an unfair competitive advantage.  Hiott’s voting record at the S.C. State House is one of slavish devotion to the state’s failed status quo – especially South Carolina’s worst-in-the-nation government-run school system.

Anyway … Hiott’s latest scam?  Carrying the water on a bill being pushed by liberal environmental lobbyist Ann Timberlake.

But that’s another story for another time … the purpose of this post is to highlight Hiott’s other big push this legislative session, securing business for his son’s political consulting firm.

Sources at the S.C. State House tell FITS the sixth-term lawmaker has been aggressively (and we mean aggressively) promoting the consulting services of his son, Lander Douglas Hiott.

In fact Hiott’s son (below, scratching his head) was recently seen getting the inside scoop at a meeting of the S.C. House GOP Caucus …

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Nice …

Obviously Hiott isn’t the only “Republican” lawmaker looking to steer business toward a family member.  Liberal S.C. Rep. Bill Sandifer has previously pimped the lobbying services of his son, while former “Republican” Senate President John Courson helped get his sister-in-law a $70,000-a-year job on a committee he leads.

Even “reform-minded” S.C. governor Nikki Haley has gotten in on the nepotism …

You’d think with all the recent attention on ethics reform that state lawmakers would be exercising some restraint right now  … specifically refraining from parading their family members around the S.C. State House in the hopes of drumming up business for them.

Apparently not …

In addition to Hiott’s antics, Democratic S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk and her allies are working to get her husband elected to a judge’s position.

Sheesh …

How embarrassing.  Do these lawmakers have no couth?  And do their relatives have no sense of self-worth?

Seriously …

“Any ethics reform package passed this year by the S.C. General Assembly include draconian new restrictions on relatives of lawmakers (and former lawmakers) getting state appointments,” we wrote earlier this week.  “We are sick unto death of politicians telling us how they support ethics reform … only to watch their kin folk get high paying gigs on our dime.  Enough is enough.”