The Republican-generated state sovereignty bill from South Carolina House that went to the Senate and eventually passed during the opening weeks this year came home Tuesday afternoon. And Democrats took notice.
The measure grew in the Senate, when several other constitutional amendments were added. A string of Democratic House members on Tuesday took exception immediately to Greenville Republican Eric Bedingfield’s attempted to add his amendment concerning the the right to bear arms.
When Bedingfield was called down by Democrats, he clarified that he was only trying to correct wording in the bill put there by another democrat, Senator Brad Hutto of Orangeburg.
Newberry democrat Walt McLeod said that the legislation had been a waste of time in the Senate, and he attempted, without hiding it, to create a stall of his own.
(McLeod’s stall MP3 3:00)
York County Democrat John King emphasized the Democrats’ point about the bill being a waste of time. “Mr. McLeod, I just have one question,” said King. “With the increasing amount of unemployment in South Carolina, how many jobs will this resolution create?”
McLeod shouted, “Zero!”
And Bamberg County Democrat Bakari Sellers took his best shot against the resolution. “This resolution now has the 9th, 10th, 13th and 14th amendment on it,” he said. “So what exactly are we doing?
“Very digilently wasting time,” McLeod responded.
“So my question is when will the Republican party get serious about anything but themselves?” he said, to which McLeod said, “I don’t think I want to answer that one, but thanks for asking.”