The Grim Reaper attacked Eckstrom's spending on office renovation:
When it comes to protecting workers from asbestos, Richard Eckstrom’s efforts are nothing less than a waste of dollars … and deaths. If we allow him to squander tax dollars to make workplaces safer, there will be less work for me to do, and fewer wrongful death lawsuit opportunities. We appreciate people like Drew Theodore who call asbestos removal what it really is - a useless waste of tax dollars.
According to The State newspaper, these frivolous expenses included:
“hiring mechanical engineers, moving phone lines, asbestos abatement, and moving and storage fees.”
Eckstrom took their endorsements in stride:
The Theodore campaign reported that endorsements would be forthcoming next week from the American Abacus Manufacturers’ Association, upset with his blatant waste of tax dollars on calculators, adding machines, computers, and accounting software.
“Any time I can cheat death and trial lawyers at the same time, while addressing workplace safety issues that were thirty years overdue, I’d call that a good day on the job,” he said. “If those lawyers want to make more money, I guess they’ll just have to go out and get real jobs instead.”
- Rotter's News Service, 10/2/2006
More information on the dangers of asbestos can be found on the web at http://www.scdhec.net/eqc/baq/html/asb_gen.html.