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SC Legislative Taxi Service Back In Action

DRUNK LAWMAKERS ONCE AGAIN GETTING FREE RIDES … || By FITSNEWS || In May of 2013, this website exposed the existence of a government-funded “late night taxi service for drunk lawmakers, lobbyists and their mistresses” run by the S.C. House Sergeant at Arms’ office. The service – which ferried its passengers…

DRUNK LAWMAKERS ONCE AGAIN GETTING FREE RIDES …

|| By FITSNEWS || In May of 2013, this website exposed the existence of a government-funded “late night taxi service for drunk lawmakers, lobbyists and their mistresses” run by the S.C. House Sergeant at Arms’ office.

The service – which ferried its passengers to and from various parties and downtown Columbia watering holes – came to light after a lawmaker was arrested for driving under the influence.  Asked whether he would usually drive in such an intoxicated state, the legislator responded “no, I have drivers.”

And he did …

After a little digging, we discovered the S.C. House maintained a legislative taxi fleet consisting of “several (Ford) Crown Vics and two (Chevy) Tahoes” – and that a similar fleet was maintained by the S.C. Senate.  Of course three days after our report ran … the taxi service shut down.

Not for long, though …

Multiple lawmakers have confirmed to FITS that the taxi service is back in action – and has been for some time.  In fact we received reports this week that one of its arch-abusers the last go-round – S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg, S.C. – was once again availing herself of the free taxpayer-subsidized travel.

Look: We don’t begrudge those who provide legislative security for keeping a few vehicles at the ready.  That makes sense in the event there is an emergency and certain legislative leaders need to be transported someplace safely.

But state lawmakers using government assets because they are too drunk to drive – or because they want to look important in front of their lovers – that’s ridiculous.  And a practice that should be stopped … again.

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37 comments

jimlewisowb March 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

Heavens, why so much bitching

Our Legislators should never have to drive their own vehicle
Our Legislators should never have to pour their own wine
Our Legislators should never have to open their own doors
Our Legislators should never have to wipe their own ass
Our Legislators are Gods, bless their hearts they are Gods

I have personally met Goddamn Leatherman, Goddamn Cobb-Hunter and many of the other Goddamn Cockroaches scurrying through the Halls of Capitol butt fucking taxpayers 24/7

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Buz Martin March 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

I appreciate the fact that your hatred is resolutely non-partisan.

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jimlewisowb March 5, 2015 at 9:15 am

More loathing than hatred

Have been giving the Cockroaches benefit of doubt for the past 40+ years and have come to the conclusion that “politics” is corrupt beyond reasonable change

Outside of a virus that will only affect Cockroaches and turn them into Cockroach shit I am in favor of donkey carts, the guillotine and the sound of their collective Cockroach heads hitting the bottom of a saw grass basket

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Yay for Jimbo! March 5, 2015 at 9:20 am

The only tweak we need on the French model of revolution is not succumbing to the idea that whatever we replace the current gov’t with, after relieving those running it from their heads, will work any better long term….there has to be some acknowledgement of gov’t being unfixable and a root evil.

What the solution is, who knows, but a simple acknowledge of the truth should at least move the bar someplace else.

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shifty henry March 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

The lyrics of “The Too Fat Polka” keep bouncing in my head…

The Colonel March 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

Thanks, I’ll be flushing my mind’s eye with bleach now…

FastEddy23 March 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

Thomas Jefferson said we would need a revolution about every twenty years once g’ment got out of touch.

Yay for Jimbo! March 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

Yep. Not sure that’s the solution, but at least he was in tune to the fact that gov’t always moves further into corruption, never put of it.

Yay for Jimbo! March 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

*out of it

Soft Sigh from Hell March 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Mencken made exactly that last proposal nearly 100 years ago, at least in the sense of politicians being unfixable.

I think it was in 4th Prejudices but I forget the exact title.

shifty henry March 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

The stocks or tar & feathers is okay with me. Also, legalizing dueling would be nice….

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The Colonel March 5, 2015 at 10:03 am

“Saw grass basket” – nice Palmetto State touch!

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Mike at the Beach March 5, 2015 at 10:20 pm

I thought that classed up the beheading a bit. This would be no low-rent ISIS operation…that would just be tacky.

FastEddy23 March 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

The hearts and minds of the average couch potato will not be won until the laugh track begins.

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Recovering Lobbyist March 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

You left out, Our Legislators should never be limited to sleeping with their own wives!

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shifty henry March 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm

A senator and his wife were lying in bed. His wife said, “Stop talking politics. Can’t you talk about anything else?”
“Sure.”
“Good. Let’s talk about sex.”
The senator said, “Fine. How many times a week do you think the President gets laid?”

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Buz Martin March 5, 2015 at 8:58 am

Do they have a cam on the back seat, in case of legislative drunken date-rape? To be done only for blackmail purposes, of course. If they do, they should call it the VickCam.

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Rocky March 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

Dang, you beat me to that one. See above.

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Buz Martin March 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

It’s a natural. Somebody’s gonna do it eventually.

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Public Taxi Service March 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

Just trade out the nice cars for two seat mopeds and make them ride in the bitch seat.

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FastEddy23 March 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

Yeah! How come no one makes ’em drive around in those goofy Priuses? Where is the greenies when ya need ’em?

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Toyota kawaski March 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

Gilda has to be driven she is so dam ugly other drivers would be scared. U know kind of like when Herman Monster would leave the house.

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shifty henry March 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Well, describe for us how what she looks like in the dark, please.

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The Colonel March 5, 2015 at 10:01 am

Have you taken a close look at Leatherman – he has to be about 800 years old! I personally feel safer knowing someone whose reaction time isn’t measured in minutes is behind the wheel. Cobb-Hunter, that crazy broad can’t even decide what her last name is and you want her driving?

I’ve got an idea, let’s assign every one of them a detail f three officers who will watch their every move, every day – then let’s rotate the officers in quick enough succession where they can’t build a relationship with their principle.

We’d cut down on the corruption, the “Senator gets DUI” headlines and probably get rid of a few of the cockroaches who can’t stand the scrutiny. Probably save money in the long run.

Better yet, TERM LIMITS!

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southmauldin March 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

I used to be rabidly against term limits, thinking that voters could vote them out if they didn’t like them. Then I realized that voters were too stupid to vote against the incumbent. Ever. See Thurmond, S. So I completely agree with term limits. These bastards get fat, happy and drunk with power once they are elected. See Sanford, Asshole. And some can’t handle the loss of power and keep trying to come back and get elected. See Bauer, A.

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Yay for Jimbo! March 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

“Then I realized that voters were too stupid to vote against the incumbent. Ever.”

Yep! Even further, when you understand that a significant number of voters are no only stupid, but immoral…it gives you something further to ponder. Why let them vote at all?

The Athenians tried to address corruption with sortition as well. Not sure how that would work out modern day, but can it be worse?

The idea that a piece of paper is going to “restrain” government has been proven truly laughable.

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Yay for Jimbo! March 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

*not

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The Colonel March 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

And the SAT word of the day is “sortition”. I knew that the Athenians had used a random selection among eligible men to pick their leaders but had no idea that process was called sortition.

You sir get the “erudition” award for today.

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shifty henry March 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Damn! You guys keep throwing out words that I have to look up….

Mike at the Beach March 5, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Not precisely the same thing, but the principle cuts pretty close…

http://youtu.be/sN_h9bWZuuk

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Bobby March 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Amen!!!

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Rocky March 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

Better yet, let’s put cameras in the Crown Vic and the Tahoes. I bet we could get some real steamy video out of there. Drunk law makers, hot chicks, not so hot escorts. Yeah man – we could sell that online and offset the cost of the fleet. Maybe an HBO special – Tru Confessions of Southern Politicians.

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The Colonel March 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

No way – can you imagine a nekkid Leatherman or Cobb-Hunter? That’s not pornographic, that’s just wrong.

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Rocky March 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

We could ask they remain with their cloths on.

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FastEddy23 March 5, 2015 at 10:04 am

… and auto leasing costs more than ownership.

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Marmadude March 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

It’s not just about the taxpayer money spent on the vehicles and drivers. How about the taxpayer money squandered to provide this upgrade for Sen. Leatherman’s exclusive use?
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03113/Volvo_child_seat-x_3113913b.jpg

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Reese Bobby March 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

“I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.”- Charlie Chaplin

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