Video returns: Excerpts from Harrell interview

Have you noticed that it’s been awhile since I posted video? Like, since the election? Well, there’s a simple explanation: As I told you at the time, my laptop was stolen from my truck on election night. That meant I lost both all of my raw video from those last weeks before the election, AND the platform on which I produced the clips for posting.

I got a new laptop (well, it’s new to ME) over the holidays, but was too busy either to shoot or to edit anything, what with folks being on end-of-year time off and such around here.

But we’re back, with this extended clip from the interview with Bobby Harrell Tuesday. It’s from near the end of the interview, when he was defending his record on roll-call voting, and how he treated Reps. Nikki Haley and Nathan Ballentine in connection with that.

If all you want is the stuff about Nikki and Nathan, it starts about 3 minutes and 18 seconds into the video (it starts with a question from me; you can probably hear the effects of my cold on my voice). Were I a TV “journalist,” that’s all I would have given you — the controversy, the sexy stuff. And admittedly, it IS the more interesting part.

But I decided to be all wonky and include Bobby’s extensive explanation before that of HIS position on transparency in voting, and what he’s tried to do about it. You’ll note, if you watch all of it, that at one point he handed us a document in support of what he was saying. Below you will find a photograph of that document. I hope you can read it OK.

Anyway, video is back. Enjoy.

7 thoughts on “Video returns: Excerpts from Harrell interview

  1. Lee Muller

    I am not going to bother to watch a video of excuses. We all know what the right thing to do is, and we all know that Bobby Harrell doesn’t want to do the right thing.
    A recorded vote on every vote is simple, since every desk is wired to a computer with YES and NO buttons.
    Maybe Harrell and the others should just wear a paper bag over their heads when they give speeches, or interviews like this.

  2. Guy

    The governor distorts figures to sell himself and make himself look better regardless of who it hurts. The Lt. Governor takes $150,000 of taxpayer dollars and converts it to private entity without public oversight while his agency is firing people becasuse it has no money.Ryberg chairs the committee that oversees ESC and now is shocked that something is wrong.
    What the hell is going on? What the hell?

  3. Chris

    Harrell is a serious man, and a man that lives in the real world. He gets things done, and always works to further the people’s business.
    Sure, he ain’t perfect…but he TRIES hard to serve the people. Some people just run their mouths and never get anything done.

  4. Lee Muller

    Unfortunately, Bobby Harrell is becoming just another good ole boy, who real world consists of ignoring the graft, bribery, and personal enrichment of the really rotten legislators, in order to “get things done”.
    That’s the problem when you start rationalizing away morality in the name of pragmatism.
    There is no excuse for concealing votes.
    No excuse for the explosive, cancerous growth of government.
    No excuse for operating without budgets, just spending every cent that comes in, before it is actually collected, then looking for more ways to squeeze an diminishing tax base.

  5. Wallace

    U are a broken record. I mean, we get it…never, ever, ever take anything except 100% of what u want. Taking 99% is sending your soul to hell. And destroying the world, and just like drowning kittens.
    Man, get a new tune for a while. The rest of us live in the real world…

  6. Lee Muller

    Wallace, instead of insulting me, try to defend the legislature’s attempt to increase spending 20% from 2008 to 2009.
    Even with all the “budget cuts”, the current spending plan is $100,000,000 more than last year.
    They are freezing teacher salaries, not replacing busses, firing policemen, in order to fund NEW PROGRAMS.

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