by William Moultrie
Columbia â€“ Following nationwide outrage over remarks he made earlier in the week, South Carolina Lt. Governor AndrĂ© Bauer attempted to further clarify his metaphor comparing poor people to stray animals.
“When I compared the poor and hungry in our state to stray animals,” Bauer explained on Saturday, “I was certainly not referring to the type of animals that we used to tie up in a bag and drown in the river because that would be wrong. It was more about the type of animals that end up at the shelter and hopefully get adopted and end up making a contribution to society (unless they’re euthanized).”
At a town hall meeting on Thursday, Bauer compared his grandmother’s instruction to him as a boy to not feed stray animals to how the state should treat its less affluent citizens.
Bauer is vying for the Republican nomination for governor.
He continued his explanation, “Also, when I was young, my grandmother told me that I should never repeat her little lessons on life in the context of a political campaign, but then again, she was not a well-educated woman.”
Other Republicans seeking the nomination declined to comment for this story, preferring to let Bauer continue to speak for himself.