Monday, October 25, 2010

Keep those cards and letters coming

Bluffton Today

After something of a relative lull in our constituent contacts, last week’s total was 472. What this means is that our average for the last six months or so has risen from around 350 to well over 450 calls and e-mails. The bulk of this communication is vital to my preparing and executing a proper legislative agenda for District 118, Beaufort County and South Carolina. I appreciate it and I am grateful for your support and confidence.

Unfortunately, with the dramatic increase in our constituent contacts, it is difficult for me to chat about the ups and downs of the upcoming election. As much as I love to talk politics, right now I simply must attend to the people’s business. The New Year and the new session is right around the corner and historically speaking, the delegation that prepares the most effectively is the most successful in representing the interests of their constituents.

If you want to know my favorites in the election, you just have to look at the Beaufort County Delegation to see examples of whom I support. That candidate is a small-government fiscal conservative, who is pro-business, pro-education, and proenvironment, with a passion for using the tools of government to create the economic climate where job creation is a necessary consequence of a growing, prosperous community. Each member of your delegation, including presumptive Dist. 123 Rep. Andy Patrick, fits that bill. The second Tuesday of the New Year will likely find many more folks in the General Assembly who look like your delegation.

Speaking of the presumptive Dist. 123 representative, I had the opportunity last week to ride to Columbia and back with Andy Patrick. We had five hours drive time and used the time to strategize on things that need to happen for the benefit of this end of the state and particularly Beaufort County. Andy and I are in near perfect agreement on the need to keep open communication with Congressman Joe Wilson’s office, as well as the various mayors and their councils, and the county councils and their leadership. Most importantly, we need to keep open the lines of communication with you, the voter-taxpayer-resident. Andy is a superb addition to the team.

I want you to mark your calendar for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. There is an oyster roast to benefit Brooke Haven Animal Rescue at the home of my neighbors, Dick and Lynn Boeke at 159 Gascoigne Bluff Road in Gascoigne Bluff, just down Highway 46 from old town Bluffton. Tickets are $50 and the event will include a raffle and live music, not to mention Bluffton oysters and a fabulous spread. Brook Haven is celebrating 10 years of animal rescue and is located at Brook’s Bed and Biscuit, near my good friend and fair-priced vet, Ben Parker, in Westbury Park off Buck Island Road.

Brooke Fisher, Karen Bresseler and Dalia Lowler founded Brook Haven Animal Rescue in 2009 and have fostered and adopted many, many dogs and cats over the years. They are a 501(c)(3) charity, so your contributions are tax deductible. Make your check out to Brook’s Haven. I know you all enjoyed the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival last week. I’ll have a few more comments on this excellent event next week.