STATE’S TOP PROSECUTOR “ABDICATING LEADERSHIP”
|| By FITSNEWS || We were going to take S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson to the woodshed today for once again refusing to do his job … but then we got a message from a veteran prosecutor offering a far blunter critique.
According to the prosecutor – who spoke on condition of anonymity – Wilson is “abdicating leadership” as it relates to the ongoing federal-state investigation of corruption at the S.C. State House. “The probe” – which was exclusively unearthed by this website last September – has already brought down powerful former S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.
Plenty of other heads were supposed to roll, too … but that hasn’t happened. And now Wilson is being blamed for the lack of forward motion in the case.
“He has been in every meeting and made it clear to the Feds and state prosecutors that his office would handle all cases but Harrell,” the source said.
Yeah, about that …
Late Friday, Wilson’s office announced it would be recusing itself from additional prosecutions and inviting first circuit solicitor David Pascoe “to handle any matters involving certain legislative members.”
How many members? Wilson’s office didn’t say … nor did it indicate what prompted the recusal.
Many political insiders believe Wilson’s decision indicates that at least some of the members under the probe’s microscope are affiliated with the neo-Confederate political empire of Richard Quinn and Associates – which manages the political destinies of numerous state lawmakers and elected officials, including Wilson.
In fact a source close to the investigation told us these reports were “dead on.”
Back in April this website criticized Wilson for donning the “white hat” – but then failing to follow through.
“When Wilson put (the white hat) on, he created an expectation,” we wrote. “And by vowing to take on the system behind the corrupt politicians, he upped the ante. He branded himself as a modern-day Eliot Ness – and reaped the benefits of that image in the press.”
“The case has gone stale because of his ineptness,” the prosecutor told us. “He is now afraid of getting criticized for not doing anything so without notice he is dumping onto Pascoe. That’s a brilliant political move but a shitty way to treat a serious prosecutor who took down Harrell when his office could not.”
Indeed. Wilson previously recused himself from prosecuting Harrell – citing undisclosed conflicts of interest. Pascoe took over the prosecution, and secured Harrell’s resignation from office in connection with guilty pleas on six ethics violations.
Wilson? He has zero scalps on the wall. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
“He has gone from being an inexperienced, not-so-smart attorney general to a political hack,” the prosecutor said.
Wilson has built his statewide brand on going after public corruption … and this website has backed him up 100 percent in those efforts. But with each recusal, Wilson is surrendering credibility on this issue. And giving back whatever political ground he gained for pursuing public corruption in the first place.
As we noted in our April column …
… here’s the thing about the white hat: Heavy is the head that wears it.
If you put it on, you’d better be ready to follow through … and to follow the truth wherever it leads. If not, you risk exposing yourself to legitimate criticism, as well as legitimate scrutiny regarding why you aren’t following through.
That’s the boat in which Wilson now finds himself … and there is no shortage of speculation as to why his investigation has stalled. In fact with each day and week that passes with no forward motion on the investigation, we find ourselves increasingly willing to entertain speculation as to the reason things aren’t happening.
Yeah … multiply that suspicion a thousand times.
Wilson’s office also did itself no favors by leaking news of the latest recusal late in the day on a Friday … hoping the story would be ignored by the state’s supplicant mainstream media (which it was). In fact the timing of this leak strongly suggests Wilson has something to hide, which would reaffirm our April assessment that he is “veering back toward being part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
We hope that’s not true … but at this point it’s abundantly clear Wilson is not doing the job he was elected to do.
If he hopes to have any political future, that had better change … and fast.