Taken from an audio tape; transcribed
by Statehouse Report
STATE BUDGET & CONTROL BOARD MEETING
Sept. 12, 2006
Gov. Mark Sanford:
Hear Gov. Sanford's "tar baby" comment. The
quality isn't great, but you can distinguish the governor's
voice and words.
"What I've just heard from one of your trustees is that
time is of the essence on this thing.
"In other words, I don't want to make my problem your
problem, but, ummmm, we have been in a lot of different ways
trying to push for a more, uh, uh, and this is not Clemson's
issue, this is one of my issues.
"We had a piece of property come up down in Dorchester
County. We approved an auction sale on May 16. Then, uh, turns
out, we had to revisit in the August meeting, saying, 'no,
let's not do an auction.' Umm, the explanation used was it's
slower - uhh, we need to move this property. But what I've
come to learn is that [Budget and Control Board Executive
Director] Frank [Fusco], you went and held them for a month
in even looking for auctioneers.
"So, I just feel I'm dancing with a tar baby on
trying to, to move this ball forward and again, I don't want
to make my problem y'all's problem but, uh, we're pushing
for open, transparent ways of disposing property so that everybody
has as much of a shot as somebody else, um, in this instance,
given the magnitude of this project for y'all, if y'all feel
strongly about wanting to go the other way, I'll look the
other way. But I want to emphasize how important we think
it is to move to a completely open process in the way we sell
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