On Tuesday, a special primary election will be held to pick a Republican nominee for Horry County Council chairman. Liz Gilland, former chairwoman, is running for this position. In so doing, she appears to be following Mark Sanford’s playbook in re-entering the political arena; based on the premise that most voters forgive and forget politicians’ faults.
Ms. Gilland would have us all either forget or forgive the following instances in her checkered political career:
1. She was fined for having expired registration tags on her car, and not carrying a driver’s license.
2. She failed to appear in court and had her license suspended.
3. She said she was unaware of her license status although DMV records indicated that two notices were sent warning her of a suspension, and two notices were sent warning her not to drive.
4. She apparently used a county vehicle while her license was suspended.
5. Regarding her problems she was quoted as saying she didn’t hurt the county and didn’t kill anyone. .
6. At another time, in referring to her problems, she referred Shakespeare and said it was “much ado about nothing.”
7. She was reprimanded by the Ethics Commission for placing her county phone number on campaign literature.
8. She was fined $4,400 for ethics violations, and when she didn’t pay the fine a judgment lien was placed on her property.
9. She was ticketed for an improper U-turn on U.S. 17.
10. She drove a county car for personal use.
11. She “mistakenly” charged vacation airline tickets on a county credit card.
12. She was fined over $300,000 by the State Ethics Commission.
13. She hit both the aye and nay buttons at the same time to break a tie vote on a bike rally issue.
Now, if y’all want to forgive and forget, then by all means, elect Ms. Gilland next Tuesday. I, for one, do not forget and cannot forgive. If a public servant does not serve the public properly, it amounts to a breach of trust and he or she should not be re-elected to public office.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.