"There is a lot of anti-incumbent sentiment out there," said Councilman Smith White. "Rest assured that there is also a lot of anti-public sentiment among elected officials. Do people really think we're going to sit back and take it?"
State Representative Tachin Ayhm of Lincolnville added: "We want people to understand that there is nowhere to hide, and no stone will be left unturned. That includes people who are working or riding in their car. In neighborhoods,on the roads, day and night. We're coming for you."
In addition, a write-in campaign was announced to make Dirty Harry Mayor of Charleston. "We want Dirty Harry, not Clint Eastwood," said White. "Charleston used to have a lot more gun action, especially on the Eastside, and it's high time we got back to that. With a trigger-happy cop at the helm, toting a .44 magnum in bad neighborhoods, you can bet we'll have that taxpayer-funded body count sky high and fast."
This announcment has followed a wild couple of weeks in the Lowcountry in which several elected officials were arrested for mulitple charges, including two counts of DUI and two of assault:
State Representative Wallace Scarborough was arrested after an altercation with utility workers, in which his weapon discharged.
Bert Reeves, the Mayor of Cottageville, was arrested and charged with DUI . Reeves has generated numerous headlines for Cottageville, a small town well-known on Speedtrap.org:
--In March, he was charged with speeding 103 mph in a 55 mph zone, a charge that is pending a jury trial.
--In June, a Colleton County sheriff's deputy gave Reeves a warning after stopping him for traveling 71 mph in a 55 mph zone just outside of town limits. Sheriff George Malone said the deputy issued the warning because the deputy wanted to stay out of town politics, despite Reeves' lengthy driving record that includes one conviction each for habitual offender and driving under suspension.
--Also in June, a tape surfaced in which Reeves can be heard scolding a police officer in November 2004 for not writing more traffic tickets to generate revenue for the town, which has a reputation as a speed trap.
(Charleston Post and Courier)
Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Bobby Utsey, facing re-election this fall, was arrested after following a woman in traffic and attacking her. He was also charged with DUI.
Meanwhile, national Homeland Security officials had no response to this press conference, but did advise Lowcountry citizens to watch out at all times for further attacks by local elected officials.