I thought I’d share the GovLite’s official statement.
In case you can’t be bothered to call it up, here are some lowlights:
In my role as Lieutenant Governor, I am called upon to participate in many events across the state, and I am honored to do so. Unfortunately, this often leads me to over-extend myself, and in my eagerness I have made honest mistakes.
How incredibly absurd. The office of lieutenant governor is superfluous. Its only essential function is to stand by in case something happens to the governor, an eventuality that in this case would truly be tragic for South Carolina. Presiding over the Senate? That could be handled far better by a presiding officer elected from among the Senate’s own ranks; things would run more smoothly because senators would have more respect for one of their own (a fact that is true with every lieutenant governor I have seen). The Office of Aging? There is NO rational reason for that to have been placed under the GovLite; the GOP majority did it solely to give him the fig leaf of appearing to have responsibilities. All lawmakers did was lift the existing department OUT of the agency where it logically belonged and plop it into the lieutenant governor’s office. The folks in that department keep doing the job they would do in any case, and the GovLite gets the credit for "helping" the most reliable voting constituency there is.
What does the lieutenant governor — this one, the one before and the one before that — really DO? He runs for governor, and collects a $46,545 salary for doing so. As far as the people of South Carolina are concerned, Andre Bauer could cancel his entire hectic schedule, and we’d all be better off.
One more quick excerpt:
However, I don’t expect to be treated any differently than other citizens of South Carolina.
Here, I’ll just quote Ferris Bueller’s sister: "Dry that one out and you can fertilize the lawn."