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STEVE BENJAMIN REPORTEDLY PLOTTING “EXIT STRATEGY”

|| By FITSNEWS || The scandals surrounding city of Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin (a.k.a. “Mayorhood”) may finally be catching up with him.

Sources close to City Hall tell us the fiscally liberal, ethically challenged municipal leader – whose tenure has been marred from day one (literally) – is plotting an “exit strategy” from the office he has held for the past five years.

The reason?

We’re not sure yet … although Benjamin remains intimately connected to a major scandal involving a government-subsidized affordable housing boondoggle.

“Charges are coming,” one source told us, referring to that scandal.

Benjamin and since-indicted former S.C. State University trustee chairman Jonathan Pinson were key players in the Village at River’s Edge scandal – a botched housing project that received approximately $8 million in federal “stimulus” funds as well as an undisclosed amount of cash from City of Columbia, S.C. taxpayers.

Last summer, news broke about a night of debauchery in Orlando, Florida involving Benjamin and Pinson.

Remember that story?  Yeah … 

It involved strippers being offered to Benjamin as part of a “menu of flesh” paid for by a corrupt developer who has also since been indicted.

Benjamin’s private sector employer – the Parker Poe law firm – removed him from its website in the aftermath of those reports.  We’re also told life on the home front – notably his marriage to S.C. circuit court judge DeAndrea Benjamin – went south pretty fast after those reports were published.

And of course who can forget Benjamin’s “smashing” debut as a political leader …

Hours after he was elected mayor in April 2010, a Mercedes SUV driven by Benjamin slammed into another vehicle causing extensive damage to the car and permanent damage to its driver, Deborah Rubens.

Weeks later FITS reported that multiple witnesses observed Benjamin consuming alcohol beverages well into the evening just hours before the car crash.

Astoundingly, the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) made the snap judgment that Benjamin was sober – without giving him a field sobriety test, a breathalyzer exam or even taking blood from him.

The result of a lengthy investigation into the accident?  Nothing.  Benjamin was cited for driving with his headlights off … that’s it.

This website has never had any use for Benjamin.  He’s a thug – and he should have been locked up a long time ago.  In fact his corruption is one of the main reasons we pulled our business out of Columbia, S.C. in search of a safer, more economically friendly climate.

Whatever he gets, he deserves …

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