Kelly Payne Relationship Revealed – What Does It Matter?

February 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Opinion, SC Politics

Kelly Payne - Sup. Ed Candidate

Today, media outlets are reporting the sexually explicit emails of a relationship between Kelly Payne (candidate for Sup. Education) and Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom.

I for one am sick and tired of the media and public deeming the private lives of citizens, public or not, fair game.  Lets be real people, what the hell does it matter that Kelly Payne and Richard Eckstrom had a relationship!  Are we going to start announcing everyone’s affair to the mass public for us to oooh and ahhh over?

What is wrong with them expressing their sexual desires for each other?

How often do you share with your significant others your sexual desires via email or text message?

The person responsible for leaking these emails accomplished one thing and one thing only.  They have potentially ruined the careers of these individuals.  Payne’s teaching career will probably will come to a close because her private sexual messages were revealed to the public.  She could have returned to teaching had she lost her bid to be Superintendent of Education.  Now she will not be able to.

We don’t know what the repercussions for Eckstrom will be.  We have heard rumors of candidates jumping into this race and they will probably hurry to it now this so called “scandal” has been revealed.

Politics aside, the individual who hacked her emails is officially a criminal and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Our advice, don’t forget to change your passwords!

Greenville “Truth in Spending” Press Conference

June 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

Who:     Greenville-area local elected officials (Greenville County, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn);
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom;
Greenville-area State Legislators;
Ashley Landess, SC Policy Council President

When:  Wednesday, June 24th:  10 a.m.
Where: Greenville County Council chambers
What:   Press Conference for the “Truth in Spending” legislation.

City of Simpsonville, City of Fountain Inn, and members of the Greenville County will announce plans to place their governments’ transactions online and make records available to the public free of charge.

Under current law, citizens must go through the burden and expense of filing requests under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain public records.

Since 2006, 14 states and five of the nation’s 40 largest school districts have created online check registers at absolutely no cost to the taxpayer. Greenville-area elected officials will explain how these successful models can bring transparency and accountability to their governments as well.

The city of Aiken, Anderson County, Cayce, Irmo, Turbeville, and Charleston County have already voluntarily posted their check register online. Officials from Columbia, South Congaree, and Dorchester County have announced their financial information will go online soon as well.

Everyone is urged to attend this press conference who are in favor of a transparent government.