Democrats release ad criticizing SC Governor Sanford on stimulus

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Democrats release ad criticizing SC Governor Sanford for wanting to use Stimulus money to pay down Debt.

By Albert N. Milliron, Editor Politisite.com, Iron Mill Interactive Media, Inc. Twitter.com/politisite

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is being attacked by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) because he wishes to use the 700 Million dollars his state has received from the Stimulus package to pay down the states debt rather then develop Government agencies to spend the money that has been allocated for programs that will be funded for two years.    

The Governor is opposed to using the stimulus money for programs that have long strings attached from the Obama Administration.  Governor Sanford related in Op-Eds and letters that he sees the state debt as a major priority that ultimately will help the state overcome the recession and stimulate job growth

According to Columbia Television Station WIS

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Governor Mark Sanford will be getting a little more airtime on South Carolina’s cable television networks next week, but the media attention won’t necessarily be positive.

The Democratic National Committee will begin airing an ad criticizing Sanford for not accepting all of the funds allocated for South Carolina under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 30-second ad will begin airing on Monday on cable television in Columbia.

The ad says Sanford is “playing politics instead of doing what’s right.” Earlier this week, Sanford denied he was rejecting the money for political reasons.

Governor Sanford sent a letter to President Obama for a waiver to spend the Stimulus money on the specific needs of his state.

The following letter from Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) to President Obama is the first action by any state governor to request relief from the long-term financial burdens the Obama stimulus” legislation imposes on state governments.  In it, Sanford asks permission to use $700 million in stimulus dollars to reduce state debt.

Read the Letter Here

Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) House majority whip, says Gov Sanford desire to reject the funds is  a slap in the face to African Americans.

Right Pundits had this to say –

Clyburn says that these four governors represent states that are in the “black belt”. I didn’t even know we had a “black belt”. Congressman Clyburn stated that he was just trying to protect black Americans by putting in the provision allowing state legislatures to accept the money. From CNN:

“These four governors represent states that are in the black belt. I was insulted by that,” he said. “All of this was a slap in the face of African-Americans. It had nothing to do with Governor Sanford.”

While Others say that Congressman Clyburn’s Race claim is completely wrong

Here is The Politico’s Take –

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) took issue with the criticism of House Majorty Whip Jim Clyburn (S.C.) that he and three other southern governors who are resisting the stimulus money are insensitive to African American needs:

“I would just categorically say that he’s absolutely wrong on that one,” Sanford said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The idea that color would filter into the decision making process is absurd.”

What The DNC and the Main Stream Media are not telling is that Governor Sanford does not have power over 75% of the stimulus money for the state.  Most of te 2.8 Billion are allocated for programs.  Sanford has control over 700 Million of those funds.  He relates that spending the money is like a household who is riddled in debt and goes out an buys a new car they cant afford.

Carolina Alive Writes –

“If solving the economic crisis was as easy as writing checks for money you don’t have in the bank, all kinds of problems would be solved,” he told the media on Wednesday.

He argues, among other things, that receiving stimulus money will mean more debt to future generations.

But there’s a large chunk of the money that Sanford has no say over — in fact 75% of the $2.8 will be distributed by the SC legislature and other government agencies.

The remaining $700 million is up to his discretion so long as it’s spent on education and state services. But Sanford wants to use it to pay down the state’s debt instead, and he ask President Barack Obama for permission to do just that.

“We think that would be a better use of the money for a stronger financial footing it would put our state in,” said Sanford.

See the DNC Ad Here

Why is the DNC attacking Small State Governor Mark Sanford? Michelle Malkins Blog HotAir relates –

Not just the DNC, either. In the span of one day, his decision to turn down part of the stimulus funds earned him criticism from the national organization, the Democratic Governors Association, and even James Clyburn, deploying one of his patented race-baiting denunciations. All for a guy who’s barred by term limits from running for governor again next year.

The One’s honeymoon is ending and the stimulus is starting to stink, with those who opposed it in the name of fiscal responsibility the obvious political beneficiaries. They’re nervous.

DeMint Statement on DNC’s Negative Ads in South Carolina

“After years of losing elections here, the DNC should know better than anyone that spending lots of money to try and brainwash SC voters with misleading ads will not work.  South Carolinians are worried about the economy and their jobs but they have little faith in Nancy Pelosi’s desire to spend our way back to economic success.  Instead of wasting George Soros’ fortune bashing conservatives like Mark Sanford who are right to question further deficit spending, maybe the DNC should focus on some other state where they have more friends.” 

Bottom Line- Governor Sanford who will not run for Governor again due to term limits is probably the top contender for President against Barack Obama in 2012.  Like Michelle Malkin said, “They’re Nervous”.

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