ANOTHER LEGACY MEDIA OUTLET GETS IT RIGHT …
We rarely expect the status-quo friendly MSM in South Carolina to get it right … but another outlet that’s following up on our big story regarding S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson has done just that.
Earlier this week we exposed how Wilson – who fancies himself as a 2018 gubernatorial contender – is attempting to influence an ongoing investigation of public corruption at the S.C. State House (on behalf of his political cronies).
What did he do? Earlier this month Wilson quietly released an advisory opinion – obtained exclusively by this website – in which he advised first circuit solicitor David Pascoe that several angles of potential prosecution against sitting members of the S.C. General Assembly were unlikely to yield indictments. Those members – like Wilson – are intimately connected to the neo-Confederate political empire of Richard Quinn and Associates.
Written by reporter Cassie Cope, The State’s story begins by pointing out that “efforts to expand the investigation of possible ethics violations by state lawmakers have suffered a blow, thanks to opinions from (Wilson’s) office.”
According to Cope’s report, while Wilson’s opinion is non-binding it “could end the investigation into the legislators.”
Indeed it could … which would mean a return to “business as usual” at the S.C. State House.
While some good government advocates – most notable Common Cause’s John Crangle – have called out Wilson’s transparently self-serving behavior, there’s not the cacophony of outrage we heard during the prosecution of former S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell.
“Where are all the other ‘watchdogs?'” one Palmetto politico wondered. “They are being awfully quiet.”
That must change … or else Wilson will never be held accountable for attempting to shield his corrupt political allies from the consequences of their bad behavior.