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Opinion: Andre Bauer Is Ready To Be A Great Governor

June 29, 2009

by Jim Miles

The damage from our breakdown in government will be felt for years to come, along with the glare of negative national publicity. As disheartening as Mark Sanford’s actions were, the one bright spot was Lt. Governor Andre Bauer’s handling of this crisis.

The Charleston Post and Courier, which reported that Bauer should have been notified of Sanford’s absence, went on to say that his careful handling of the entire incident is cause for “more respect for the Lt. Governor,” noting that the citizens of South Carolina are “comfortable with the idea that he can serve in the Governor’s stead, if needed.”

In fact, Andre Bauer IS ready to step into the Governor’s Office. He has worked tirelessly to prepare himself in case he is called on, and has matured into one of our state’s most capable public servants of the last generation. He has boundless energy, enthusiasm, and a work ethic along with dogged-determination, sheer perseverance, and a record of get-it-done cooperation and good, solid common sense.

For over a year, as I worked closely with Bauer as his Chief of Staff, I came to realize that Andre Bauer is an extraordinarily capable leader, probably the most effective I have worked with since Gov. Carroll Campbell. His work on behalf of the senior citizens of the state is just one example of his ability to make a real difference and get things done. Bauer has dozens of other significant accomplishments which aren’t as well known, ranging from shorter lines at the DMV to his rulings as President of the State Senate, which have blocked $2 billion in proposed new taxes.

When I left that position to rejoin the private sector recently, I told friends and associates that Andre Bauer was ready to be a great governor. Now it appears that he could be called upon to serve as Governor sooner rather than later. With the growing likelihood that the office could soon be vacated by resignation or otherwise, Bauer could be putting the same leadership skills which reformed the Office on Aging to work for all of state government.

Our unemployment rate is better than 12%, a desperate situation that calls for the full attention of our state’s leaders. Whether it is next week or next year, I believe Andre Bauer will be – and should be – our next Governor!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. SeaYouLater permalink
    June 29, 2009 8:46 PM

    Boy, Jim Miles has a truly unbiased opinion, let me tell you. I could find literally dozens of sources that would in minutes discount the “achievements” he lists for Bauer.

    And to think I once had a high opinion of Jim Miles. How many more scam programs will he open when Andre is governor?

    Further, you people are scum for trying to profit from a man’s personal downfall. That includes pimping your so-called Hotline website all over the place, taking down reform related articles and trying to sell “access” (whatever that’s worth) to Andre Bauer. You’ll be lucky if ethics complaints aren’t filed against you.

    Jeffrey – do us all a favor and check yourself in somewhere.

  2. January 24, 2010 6:51 PM

    I don’t have an extensive knowledge of Andre Bauer but what I do know makes me take a decidedly negative view of him. In a recent townhall meeting he compared people receiving government assistance to stray animals. What he said was this:

    “You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.” 

    André Bauer’s website potrays him as a commited Christian leader standing up for his belief in God, and claims that he has always supported and will continue to support anti-abortion legislation. He believes “every child deserves the chance to explore the world we live in and experience God’s creations.” . . . That is unless they are poor, in which case they should just die of starvation.

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