Ex-Rep. Nelson Hardwick just became an unperson

Wow, that was quick.

This was just reported:

Hardwick-NelsonState Rep. Nelson Hardwick, R-Horry, resigned Tuesday evening in the middle of his sixth term after an investigation by the House Speaker’s office.

Hardwick was accused to sexually harassing a female House staff member, accorrding to four lawmakers who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the investigation….

Not knowing him, I went to look him up… and he had already been removed from the list of members on the legislative website.

Winston Smith moved quickly on this one. One day a lawmaker, the next day… you are an unperson.

Speaker Lucas had this to say:

“I received Representative Hardwick’s resignation letter and accepted his decision to step down from the South Carolina House of Representatives,” Speaker Lucas stated. “As Speaker, maintaining the integrity and public trust of this Body is my highest priority.  Any inappropriate activity related to the men, women, and staff that serve in the House Chamber has been and will continue to be investigated thoroughly and expeditiously.  Each of us have been entrusted with the opportunity to serve the public and that trust must never be called into question.”

7 thoughts on “Ex-Rep. Nelson Hardwick just became an unperson

    1. Kathryn Fenner

      We find it hard to imagine there’s anything you said that we haven’t already heard you say on the Brookings piece, and even if you have, do we actually have anything more to say?

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        There was some new stuff! My point about the Policy Council was new — wasn’t it?

        Besides, I was kind of excited about it. First thing I’ve written that was like a column in some time. I enjoyed the process — writing it at twice maximum length, whittling it down, watching it get better. I haven’t imposed that discipline on myself in awhile. Used to be a standard ritual in my life.

        Y’all be happy for me… Who knows when I’ll get to do that again?

        1. swampbubbles

          I’m happy for you — the last time anyone wanted to hear more of my best was a college English professor, subject: “Last of the Mohicans” (James Fenimore Cooper 🙁

  1. Pat

    Spent a few hours at the beach on the Isle of Palms. I am waiting to get home to thoughtfully read it.

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