Clarifies Questions Regarding Ethics Problems of Lt. Governor
“You have my word of honor that I will follow the law,” said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson in response to a question regarding the ethics charges against Lt. Gov. Ard. Wilson assured his audience at a RINO Hunt meeting in Greenville that, “I will not make a decision based on politics.”
Democrats and the liberal media have been goading the Attorney General to convene a grand jury to determine if Ard broke any criminal statutes. Ard, who has been accused by the State Ethics commission of allegedly misusing campaign funds, has agreed to accept fines levied by the Ethics Commission.
The Attorney General has appointed a commission to review the allegations against Ard. When he receives their report, he will make decisions based on the law, he said, without regard for political party affiliation. A spokesman for the Attorney General said Democrat Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian is attempting to inject politics into a formal legal matter. The spokesman said “Attorney General Wilson does not have the luxury” of playing politics with official legal cases.
Wilson discussed the lawsuit filed against Boeing and South Carolina by the National Labor Relations Board.
Boeing expanded its operations into South Carolina from Everette, Washington, building a facility the size of 21 football fields and hiring 2,000 additional employees in Washington. The NLRB accused Boeing of retaliating against employees in violation of federal law. South Carolina has joined with Boeing in legal actions to oppose the NLRB allegations.
Attorney General Wilson provided an update on the status of the coordinated challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obama Care. It is conceded that the matter will be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court.
In response to a question, Wilson said “State law prohibits the Attorney General from giving legal advice to private citizens.” The best way to get information from the Attorney General’s office is through an elected official, Wilson said.
It was noted that if the government can restrict a private business from locating where it desires to locate, there will be even greater burdens placed on businesses in the future.
Senator Shane Martin followed the Attorney General and gave an update on recent legislation under consideration in Columbia.
The Attorney General declined to discuss details of the lawsuit regarding registration by party, but touched on the requirement that South Carolina election laws be approved by the Obama Justice Department.