Rep. Mia McLeod Calls Out Ongoing RichCo Mess

Rep for District 79 lambastes Election Commission.

Rep. Mia McLeod (D-79) sent the following press release to media outlets on Friday afternoon.

Dumb and dumber...that’s obviously what they think you are.  Otherwise, the Old Guard (“OG”) wouldn’t be brazen enough to “demote” and “promote” incompetence in the same breath. And all on your dime, too. 
Let’s see…, less responsibility, same oversight (aren’t absentee ballots part of what got us here in the first place?) and absolutely no regard for your rights—particularly when it comes to restoring your confidence in our electoral process. Even Attorney Hamm’s Investigative Report is of no consequence because it only confirms what we already knew. The election day disaster was directly caused by the Director’s actions, inactions and failure to lead. Those are the facts. But they're not gonna allow a few facts to get in the way, right?
Here’s the deal…the OG and our Governor have something in common. They’ll stop at nothing and spare no expense to get what they want. One of my previous blogs was entitled, “BAMN” or “by any means necessary.” It applied to our Governor’s actions then, and it certainly applies to the OG’s actions now.
And just in case you, like many others, mistakenly assumed that either of the former Director’s resignations might actually offer some semblance of accountability, albeit late...think again. 
This sweet backroom deal has been in the works for weeks, but the OG needed a little more time to execute it. That’s why Rep. Rutherford messed up the original plan when he “outed” the first resignation before the OG was ready. After all, it takes time to appoint an interim OG director for the primary purpose of rehiring the former OG director. I know…it’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it. And neither the delegation nor the Elections Board has the legal authority.
Now that an interim director has been named and handsomely paid to rehire the former Director, the deal is almost complete. But to ensure that those of us who disagree are unable to dismantle their “master plan,” a few more things still need to happen:

  1. The OG has to replace the vacated and/or expiring Elections Board seats with more OG members.
  2.  The OG has to also make sure one of their own remains in the position of Elections Director (on an interim or permanent basis).
  3. The OG has to hold on to the position of Delegation Chair, so that the elections board appointments, as well as the director and (newly created) deputy director positions remain in tact.  

So here’s where you come in. Since you’ve already been thrown into “the game,” it might be helpful for you to at least become familiar with the rules:
·Rule #1 - The OG can make and change the rules at any time, for any reason.
·Rule #2 – Actually, there’s no need for Rule #2 because you’ll rarely make it past Rule #1. 
Obviously, you’ve elected us to represent your interests and your tax dollars are footing the bill for these expensive and unnecessary games we keep playing, but let’s not get too bogged down in those pesky little details.
The reality is…the OG cares much more about winning “the game” than they do about your rights, your representation or whether your confidence in the integrity of the process is restored. And why shouldn’t they? Earning your trust and respect really isn’t necessary, since you give it so freely anyway. 
After all, “the game” protects their power. They’re the players who make the rules. And you…well, you’re the enablers who preserve their positions. Thanks to your unwavering support, they’ve been able to preserve and protect their own interests for all these years. Now that’s teamwork at its best. You pay. They play.
Oops…almost forgot.  There’s one more rule, and it’s a doozie:

·Rule # 3 – Voters…I mean enablers, get to change the players and the game every 2-4 years.

So in 2014, you can either cast a game-changing vote or leave Richland County’s future in the hands of the OG. 

It’ll soon be game-day again. Next time, make it count…

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Gene ONeal January 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM
In 2014, just before elections, we all should be reminded of this "mess" and get rid of all of the OG.
Tom Walker January 13, 2013 at 02:53 PM
How many other counties have deputy directors? How many directors are paid $75,000 dollars


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