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Honesty and Integrity – Part 1

How is it that honesty and integrity and the word politician don’t seem to go together?  Yes, many politicians may start off being idealistic but somewhere along the way they change and become interested in only what being in power will do for them.  No longer do they seem to care about the people that they are supposed to represent or are concerned about making this country a better place.

Unfortunately, I believe that we are already seeing this trait emerge in the Republican candidate running for the SC 1st District Congressional seat – Tim Scott (@votetimscott).

During the Republican Primary I was hired as an independent contractor to do photography and videography for the Paul Thurmond campaign.  It was a fascinating opportunity to work behind the scenes of the race.   I got to know almost all of the candidates pretty well and, for quite awhile, I had a great deal of respect for all of them including Tim.  In fact, my early impression of him was extremely favorable.

However, as time went by I started to see and hear things that I didn’t like.  The major one was that some very influential people in the National Republican Party decided to get involved in a state’s primary and not allow the people to make their choice of who they wanted to represent them.  However, it was until the run-off that I realized how bad the situation was.

The primary race between the nine candidates running appeared to be pretty much above reproach.  Overall, the candidates treated each other with respect.  It was very refreshing not to hear a lot of nasty innuendos being hurled out trying to hurt each other – in fact it was refreshing to have people running that seemed to genuinely like and respect each other.  However, once the primary was over and the run-off was between Tim and Paul, things started to change rapidly.  Paul wanted to keep the campaign clean – Tim (after stating to Paul he wanted to do the same) was determined to make it as dirty as possible.   Nasty insinuations were made about Paul that weren’t true.  Tim got well over $100,000 in donations – much of it from out of State – Paul borrowed money to keep his campaign going and yet Tim accused Paul of being the “establishment” candidate being backed by special interest groups.   Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee all backed Tim saying he was the true conservative.  I know for a fact they never interviewed Paul and doubt very seriously that they did Tim either.  It came down to the fact that Tim fit the Republican agenda – Paul didn’t.   Did they even do any research on either candidate before making a choice?  I seriously doubt it.

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September 29, 2010 Posted by | Experiences | , , , | Leave a comment