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South Carolina Sen. Robert Ford resigns; announcement Ethics hearing over
Post & Courier ^ | UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 2:12 p.m. | Diane Knich

Posted on 05/31/2013 12:13:53 PM PDT by upchuck

State Sen. Robert Ford, one of the Lowcountry’s most established and colorful political figures, stepped down today as the Senate Ethics Committee was finishing up its review into his campaign spending.

The Charleston Democrat began his political career as an outspoken black leader who butted heads with Mayor Joe Riley and others in Charleston’s political establishment but evolved into a leader who touted his close ties with influential Republican Senate colleagues.

His resignation came as the Senate Ethics Committee began discussing the final four of eight allegations today.

Its findings are expected to be posted online soon, Sen. John Courson said at today’s hearing.

Ford has held the Senate seat for 20 years and previously served on Charleston City Council. He did not attend the hearing today after spending last night in the hospital, his attorney William Runyon said.

Ford has cardiovascular problems, Runyon said. He had chest pains after a stressful day yesterday and spent the night in Baptist Hospital. He was released this morning, and will follow up with a Charleston cardiologist.

On Thursday, Ford began the fight for his political career when he faced allegations that he spent campaign funds on personal expenses, including purchases at adult stores.

Runyon said he expected more discussion on “expenses, checks and receipts” today.

Questions about the purchases at adult stores yesterday didn’t surprise Runyon, he said, because he knew they were coming.

Ford said the purchases were gag gifts for campaign workers and the purchases were legal.

Runyon said Ford’s problem is poor record keeping. “Nobody would accuse Robert Ford of having any kind of system,” he said. “A lot of folks know how to serve the community but don’t know how to keep their records straight.”

His resignation will result in the Lowcountry’s third high profile election in a year.

Filing for Ford’s old Senate 42 seat could open on June 21 and close July 1, State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said.

Any primaries would be held on Aug. 13, and the special election itself would be held Oct. 1.

The black-majority seat contains portions of downtown Charleston, West Ashley and North Charleston.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: charleston; demagogicparty; ethics; joeriley; northcharleston; robertford; senatorford; southcarolina; westashley; williamrunyon
Lots o turnover in the Low Country.
1 posted on 05/31/2013 12:13:53 PM PDT by upchuck
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2 posted on 05/31/2013 12:15:15 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck

Isn’t this racist?

“....one of the Lowcountry’s most established and colorful political figures....”


3 posted on 05/31/2013 12:15:44 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: upchuck

Now let’s figure out how to overturn the Senior Senator’s (yes, that’s you, Linda) seat.


4 posted on 05/31/2013 12:17:31 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck

What is it with Black politicians and ethics? (I,e., lack of them)


5 posted on 05/31/2013 12:17:45 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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6 posted on 05/31/2013 12:17:58 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Williams

Should not it be?


7 posted on 05/31/2013 12:18:06 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Cowboy Bob
What is it with Black politicians and ethics? (I,e., lack of them)

One quick look at their constituencies tells the story. Often they represent districts with neighborhoods full of people who don't care a whit about ethics, so long as the goodies keep coming in.

8 posted on 05/31/2013 12:21:22 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: upchuck
State Sen. Robert Ford, one of the Lowcountry’s most established and colorful political figures

Colorful, in the race-pimping vein?

9 posted on 05/31/2013 12:23:11 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: upchuck

Black democrat Tyrone Brooks in GA is under investigation, too. He swears it’s because he’s investigating black lynchings way back when.


10 posted on 05/31/2013 12:24:10 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel

Reminds me of the end of Reconstruction when the criminals, Scalawags and Yankee Carpetbaggers were run out of office! God bless Wade Hampton, CW hero and 1st post-recon Governor of the great state of South Carolina!


11 posted on 05/31/2013 12:31:17 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: upchuck
Runyon said Ford’s problem is poor record keeping.

Sounds like the folks in recordkeeping at the White House. All I've heard today is that Shulman only went to the WH 11 times, not the 157 that was quoted from Secret Service records.

I think the reporting on that came from The Atlantic.

12 posted on 05/31/2013 12:32:12 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: upchuck
Runyon said Ford’s problem is poor record keeping.
The why did he resign?
Ford's problem is he's a crook.
13 posted on 05/31/2013 12:34:08 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: upchuck

Wow! A democrat who has the decency to resign instead of making excuses and denying everything when caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Who would have thunk it?


14 posted on 05/31/2013 12:35:45 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: upchuck
Runyon said Ford’s problem is poor record keeping. “Nobody would accuse Robert Ford of having any kind of system,” he said. “A lot of folks know how to serve the community but don’t know how to keep their records straight.”

Lol! Amusing, everybody would be screaming racism if a Republican had suggested he didn't understand finance laws or was bad with money. But his defense boils down to, "Iz just poor black man tryin' ta help my fellow brothaz, Iz don't know nothin bout them fancy campaign finance law'z in such..."

15 posted on 05/31/2013 12:39:30 PM PDT by apillar
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To: upchuck

At least the article mentioned his party affiliation in the first paragraph,
not the last.


16 posted on 05/31/2013 12:49:00 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: ScottinVA

Well they can’t all be Robert Smalls.


17 posted on 05/31/2013 12:50:33 PM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: upchuck

“A lot of folks know how to serve the community but don’t know how to keep their records straight.”

They bought porn and Rolex’s but they don’t know how much. Yeah, I want them handling the finances of the country.
Face it, these community servers can’t keep their hands out of the till. We need to legalize bribery and theft so they can serve the community.


18 posted on 05/31/2013 12:55:22 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Cowboy Bob

They work hard to get in that position and expect to be rewarded, which they justify by saying they are trying to “get over” as if they are working 3 jobs and raising a family.
The problem is that the lack of oversight by the media makes them sloppy.


19 posted on 05/31/2013 12:57:11 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: upchuck

What flag is that on his lapel? It’s not a US flag.


20 posted on 05/31/2013 1:40:57 PM PDT by albie
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To: albie
Red-Black-Green ... Marcus Garvey flag?
21 posted on 05/31/2013 1:53:41 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: AppyPappy

If you announced an independent financial audit on every state legislative member, and you were going to publish the audit once it wrapped up....they’d all resign. I don’t you can find a single Republican or Democrat....who would be ready to survive a real audit.

That’s really the problem that every state has, and why the whole system is so corrupted. Who pays for their weekend holiday in Aruba? Who pays for the set of golf clubs they got back in November? Who pays for the case of wine they got? Who pays for the leased car they drive while at the state house? It all adds up.


22 posted on 05/31/2013 2:37:01 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

You’d be surprised how well they can hide it. The community organizers don’t even try. It’s too much trouble.


23 posted on 05/31/2013 2:47:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: freeangel

“Black democrat Tyrone Brooks in GA is under investigation, too.”

Yes, but isn’t Brooks facing a Federal beef, not just some state ethics panel? Kinda makes you wonder if the fed DOJ isn’t completely corrupt yet.


24 posted on 05/31/2013 3:32:29 PM PDT by EarlyBird (This space for rent)
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Thanks upchuck.
The Charleston Democrat... faced allegations that he spent campaign funds on personal expenses, including purchases at adult stores... Filing for Ford’s old Senate 42 seat could open on June 21 and close July 1... primaries would be held on Aug. 13, and the special election itself would be held Oct. 1. The black-majority seat contains portions of downtown Charleston, West Ashley and North Charleston.

25 posted on 05/31/2013 7:10:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: upchuck

Thanks for posting this. His resigning immediately tends to suggest there is some merit to the charges. If he was innocent, I think he would stay and clear his name.


26 posted on 05/31/2013 10:55:57 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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