This election cycle has had more crazy rhetoric, bogus claims and political spin than most.
The older I get, the less patience I have for political spin and interpretations of statements and the written word, by politicians, that make no sense.
What is fact and what is fiction in the political arena is quickly confused and expanded when it gets into the world of social media.
A perfect example of this is the attempt by Angie Jones to explain why she resigned from the Treasurer’s office while still attempting to be elected the next treasurer.
The press conference by Jones last Friday was an attempt to change the message from why were tax penalties removed from her brother’s tax bill to alleged mistreatment of Jones in the Treasurer’s office.
The press conference statements are contradicted by an earlier statement by Jones when she announced her candidacy.
From the Angie Jones June 10, 2016 Press Conference:
“As most of you know I have resigned from the Horry County Treasurer’s office to accept a position in the Horry County Clerk of Court’s office… I will no longer subject myself to the hostile work environment and malicious attacks that I have endured over the last several months.
“This all began in February 2016 when I was approached and was asked to give up my job title so that my opponent could run his campaign as the current Deputy Treasurer. I was assured I could keep my salary and the only change would be my job title. I refused and it has been a nightmare from that point forward.”
From a March 11, 2016 article on Angie Jones in the Horry Independent announcing her candidacy:
“Of course, I’d never run against Roddy. We made a good team.”
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(Above pic Angie Jones, left with Lois Eargle)
A press conference held Friday by Angie Jones, a candidate for Horry County Treasurer in the Tuesday June 14, 2016 Republican primary election, left unanswered questions as to why Jones resigned her position as Deputy Treasurer just five days before the primary.
Jones will begin a position in the Horry County Clerk of Courts office Monday morning. Jones mother, Nancy Jones, is currently Deputy Clerk of Courts.
Jones claimed she resigned from the Treasurer’s office because of a hostile work environment toward her since February.
I believe that reason it total political spin and has nothing to do with why Jones resigned.
According to several sources within Horry County Government, prior to her resignation Jones was the subject of an internal investigation on alleged removal of penalties from a tax notice sent to her brother.
After receiving inquiries earlier in the week from local media about documents supporting the allegations, Treasurer Roddy Dickinson reportedly looked into the allegations.
Jones resigned from her Deputy Treasurer position Thursday and the only comment Dickinson would make was to confirm her resignation.
Jones’ press conference Friday was to supposedly address Jones’ resignation. This was the perfect time for Jones to address the investigation and answer questions about it. She didn’t.
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Aynor – May 2, 2016
Robert Seth Rabon announced today that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Horry County Auditor.
The decision to withdraw was made because of deteriorating medical conditions of family members.
Rabon said the decision to withdraw from the Auditor’s race was extremely difficult. It came after much consideration, prayerful thought and discussion with family members.
“Some health problems with family members have recently become much more serious,” said Rabon. “As much as I would like to serve the citizens of Horry County, responding to the needs of my family must be my first consideration.”
“I would like to thank all of my supporters, especially those who have been working so diligently for my election,” Rabon said. “I am sorry I have to take this step, but it is the right thing for me to do at this time.”
Rabon was challenging six term incumbent Lois Eargle for the Republican nomination.
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Horry County Auditor Lois Eargle endorsed Jeff Johnson for S.C. House District 58 yesterday.
When GSD talked to Eargle, she said, “I have known Jeff since he was a small boy. He is a wonderful person. His family has supported me since I first ran for the statehouse in the mid-1970’s, walking neighborhoods and knocking on doors. I am very happy to be able to encourage people to vote for Jeff.”
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A pioneer for women in public service in Horry County, auditor Lois Eargle hopes her legacy will be that she made things easier for women to be elected to public office.
“I started at a time when it was not normal for women to be involved in public positions and I had some hurdles to clear along the way,” said Eargle.
Her first foray into the public arena came as president of the first Citizen’s Congress, appointed by the governor to recommend reform of the South Carolina judicial system.
“The system had not been changed since the current state constitution was adopted in 1895,” Eargle said. “As a result, every county operated its court system differently. The same crime could be charged in different ways, depending upon what county you were charged
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