Lexington County Sen. Katrina Shealy has now served a year in the South Carolina Legislature, time enough to take aim at some sacred practices.
She has filed a new bill to ban naming bridges and roads after living politicians. In her opinion, such memorials should wait until five years after a politician has died–if that.
“That’s probably not long enough,” Shealy told South Carolina Radio Network. I’m really not sure that we should ever name anything after politicians because I’m really not sure we ever do anything worthy of getting anything named after us. They really should be reserved for naming after fallen soldiers, or fire fighters or police officers.”
Shealy cited previous misdeeds of a state officials, including the cockfighting conviction of former state agriculture commissioner Charles Sharpe, which resulted in the “un-naming” of structures.
And then there is vanity.
“Really,” she added, “I honestly would feel really odd driving across a bridge named after me every day.”
Will her colleagues agree?
“We’ll find out who is vain and who is not. Then we can make up a song, ‘You’re so vain, they probably named that bridge after you,'” quipped Shealy.