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“Short Stack” Gets Charleston Chamber Endorsement

LEON STAVRINAKIS ENDORSED BY LOWCOUNTRY CRONY CAPITALISTS || By FITSNEWS || We said S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (a.k.a. “short stack”) was the establishment favorite to become the next mayor of Charleston, S.C. – and the establishment wasted little time in proving us right. Mere days after Stavrinakis formally filed for…

LEON STAVRINAKIS ENDORSED BY LOWCOUNTRY CRONY CAPITALISTS

|| By FITSNEWS || We said S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (a.k.a. “short stack”) was the establishment favorite to become the next mayor of Charleston, S.C. – and the establishment wasted little time in proving us right.

Mere days after Stavrinakis formally filed for the office, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has endorsed his candidacy (well, it’s “political action committee” has).

And while we’re more than two hours up Interstate 26 from the Holy City, we could smell the status quo stench from here …

“The business community agrees that Charleston needs a tested, proven leader who will be a hands-on mayor, focused on the best city services and producing results that improve people’s lives,” Stavrinakis said in a statement hailing the endorsement. “That means less traffic, safe streets, great schools, and excellent neighborhoods.”

 

What … no mention of hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate handouts?

This website has made our contempt for “economic development” organizations like the Charleston chamber perfectly clear: They are leeches.  They suck the lifeblood out of individual taxpayers and small businesses in the name of providing competitive advantages to large corporations.

How’s that strategy worked out for the Palmetto State?  Abysmally … as our anemic workforce and income levels attest.

Anyway, longtime Charleston mayor Joe Riley is stepping down from his post after four decades on the job.  Nonprofit community leader Ginny Deerin, businessman John Tecklenburg, city councilman William Dudley Gregorie, businessman and community leader Maurice Washington and former city councilman Paul Tinkler are also seeking the seat.

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4 comments

Native Ink August 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

I lost respect for Stavrinakis when he was chairman of county council. He was riding point promoting a proposed tax increase for roads. After the tax was debated and finally passed, he used the money to provide a local match for the I-526 expansion boondoggle. Even worse, he claims that he informed the voters this was always the plan. Plenty of people, including myself, went back and looked at the statements he made at county council, at the League of Women Voters event, and to the press. There was never a single mention of using the tax increase to push along this boondoggle.

I’ll never vote for him even though I’ve met him and his family, and they seem like nice people.

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CorruptionInColumbia August 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Well shit! So much for thinking he might be a decent candidate. Time was, The Chamber Of Commerce was synonymous with good business practice, honesty, and things like that. Nowadays they are synonymous with something quite opposite of those things and finding excuses to raise your taxes.

Native Ink’s post was quite informational and educational, too.

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