What an interesting letter (“Tom Rice is working for constituents, Oct. 17”) from Daniel H. Isaac, Jr.
I can certainly believe that Tom Rice is a friend of Mr. Isaac, president of A&I Restoration and former chairman of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. I can also believe that Mr. Rice stays in touch with Mr. Isaac, a frequent contributor to Rice’s campaign funds (as per his Federal Election Commission report).
What I don’t believe is that Mr. Rice has been responsible for bringing “1,000 new high-paying jobs” to our district. What and where, exactly, are these jobs? And what, exactly, did Rice do to bring them here? Mr. Isaac doesn’t say.
What I also don’t believe is that Mr. Rice has achieved “significant progress” on improving the Georgetown Port and Interstate 73. As far as I can tell, his sole achievement on the port was voting “yea” on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This bill was introduced not by Rice but by Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.
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And as we now know, that bill doesn’t provide full funding to dredge the Georgetown port – the county is proposing an increase in sales tax to make up the shortfall. As for I-73, apparently Mr. Rice has attended a lot of meetings on the subject but hasn’t accomplished anything.
And what I really don’t believe is that Rice will work hard “across the aisle” to get things accomplished. Take a look at his record – if ever there was a straight-line, vote-with-the-party guy, Tom Rice is your man.
If you want someone who will work to bring jobs and economic development to our state, vote for Gloria Bromell-Tinubu: an economist, educator, and former small business development consultant. She’s the one who could actually make progress on our state’s economic needs.
The writer lives in Surfside Beach.