For Gov. Sanford:
Republicans in the South Carolina state Senate are laying the groundwork to accept the stimulus funds Gov. Mark Sanford is likely to reject.
Sanford, a Republican, announced Wednesday that he’d accept $700 million in stimulus funds only if President Barack Obama granted him a waiver to use it toward state debts and liabilities. If the president refuses, which is likely, the governor said he’d reject the money.
That didn’t sit well with Republican state Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., the Senate finance chairman, who introduced a resolution in the Senate Thursday to request the money if the governor refuses it.
“Being chairman of the finance committee, I too have concerns about annualization,” Leatherman said, referring to Sanford’s concerns that the stimulus money could create financial hurdles in the future. “But I am not willing to deprive our people of maybe creating a good job for them,” Leatherman said.
Again, the purely cynical play for Democrats is to just keep giving Sanford a microphone.