Lt. Governor Andre Bauer says now that a House special panel has voted to not impeach Governor Mark Sanford, it’s time to move on. “I think, okay we’ve been through the process, it’s time to get back to trying to move South Carolina forward, we can’t continue to dwell on this, we’ve got to move forward. We need a governor for the next 14 months. I hope that we will move past this and the legislature will not continue to drag this out,” says Bauer.
Bauer says South Carolina needs a leader back to traveling the world, making the state look appealing.
“This isn’t about traveling around to rotaries, this is about trying to convince people to come to South Carolina, locate their business and trying to come up with new ways to get current businesses in South Carolina to want to grow or expand. So, we’ve got to do some things to make it conducive to do that. We’re in a tough economy right now, so South Carolina has to get creative, we’ve got to change the point of sale what we’re doing to property taxes to people,” says Bauer.
Bauer says South Carolina has much to do to make more businesses to move to the state, and he says there has to be a CEO, or governor, in control of that to make it happen.
As for the week’s hearings, Bauer says the real issue was the governor’s absence for five days without leaving someone in charge of the state.
“If you pull the battery out of your cell phone and you’re suppose to be in charge of the state and if something unforeseen were to happen, who’s in charge, that’s the real issue. Some of that stuff they actually went after him on I thought was silly and irresponsible. I can’t believe they even had a debate on some of those things,” says Bauer.