by William Moultrie
Columbia – After eight ever-interesting years with André Bauer as Lt. Governor, South Carolina was looking forward to what looked to be a pretty dull four-to-eight years of Ken Ard. Oh how wrong we were.
“We should have realized things were going to be interesting when his son got booked for a DUI on election day and then his campaign manager got arrested for campaign violations,” said Ben Tillman, professor of political science at Furman University. “But I was right there with the rest of the state thinking that he was going to be a big snoozer. Boy were we wrong — I can’t wait to see what he does next.”
Lt. Governor Ard made headlines this week when it was revealed that he has been spending campaign money on trips and merchandise that appear to have no relation to the campaign. Ard was quoted in the Columbia Free Times, explaining that “I’ve got a vast amount of my personal wealth tied up in this campaign and I’m just trying to recoup as much of that as I can.”
Ard ran a relatively quiet campaign in 2010, with most experts agreeing that he was relying on the Republican party’s dominance in South Carolina politics to carry him to victory. Ard’s campaign manager, Robert Cahaly, was arrested shortly after the election on charges related to illegal automated calls allegedly conducted in other races.