As questions remain and the investigation continues into Governor Mark Sanford’s travel records and possible use of taxpayers dollars, State Representative Bill Sandifer of Seneca says the “Sanford saga” is ruining the state’s ability to bring in new business and create more jobs.
“Having become the personal laughing stock of people all over the United States, as well as all over the world, I don’t think any country would think that South Carolina has a serious person at the helm, if you will, as the CEO of our state, and therefore, they are hesitant to locate here,” says Sandifer.
Sandifer, who is also chairman of the House’s Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, says the governor is drawing away businesses from South Carolina.
“I’ve talked with some of the industrial leaders that I know personally, and I said ‘if this situation existed, and you went to your board of directors and said I want to move a plant to South Carolina,’ they said they would be fired on the spot,” says Sandifer.
Sandifer says it has a lot to do with the negative publicity, like The Late Show with David Letterman’s continuous jokes, Sanford has received, which turns into a negative light for the state.
“All he’s doing is flying around this state apologizing to groups everywhere in the face of somebody that had the audacity to criticize him and he is accomplishing nothing as the chief executive officer of this state,” says Sandifer.
Sandifer says the governor is bringing the whole state down with him by staying in office.