Taken from an audio tape; transcribed by Statehouse Report

Sept. 12, 2006

Gov. Mark Sanford:

Listen. Hear Gov. Sanford's "tar baby" comment. The quality isn't great, but you can distinguish the governor's voice and words.

Audio | Transcript

"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 properties."


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