Vincent Sheheen: South Carolina's Government Needs to Start Over
S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen said Thursday he believes state government should start over with a new constitutional convention.
One of the state's leading Democrats on Thursday called for South Carolina to basically start its government over from scratch.
Vincent Sheheen, a state senator who narrowly lost a 2010 gubernatorial election to Republican Gov. Nikki Halley, plans to file legislation to abolish the state Budget & Control Board, Secretary of State, and Comptroller General offices.
Today, in a legislative preview meeting in Columbia with members of the state press corps, he called for a constitutional convention.
He said starting the state's government over again would be the only way to "change culture" in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Radio Network.
South Carolina has had numerous problems in recent years in state government, including a disappearing governor who paid huge fines for using state dollars on his Argentian mistress, a lieutenant governor who stepped down after ethics violations, a ballot mess that knocked hundreds of would-be politicians off of ballots, and a hacking scandal that put millions of current and former South Carolina residents at risk of fraud, just to name a few.
Many believe Sheheen will challenge Haley next year for the governor's seat.
What do you think? Is South Carolina's government so bad it needs to just start over?