I would like to commend Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross for showing political courage by raising the topic of term limits for county commissioners. In the July 2010 Republican primary, 88.01 percent of Columbia County voters supported them. I was not among them as I believe that an informed electorate will instill “term limits.” If someone is doing what I believe to be a good job, then I want for him/her to remain in office until I feel otherwise. I oppose recycling politicians instead of demanding public servants.
After the July 2010 vote, the then-chairman of the Columbia County GOP sent a letter to our state legislative delegation explaining the people’s wishes, a letter that went nowhere and quick. The delegation did, however, take up term limits for Board of Elections members and supported TSPLOST, a massive tax increase. The chair’s term ended in March 2011, and Brian Slowinski took over.
In August 2011 and in September 2011, the local GOP’s Executive Board voted to instruct Slowinski to send a letter to the delegation regarding term limits. He refused. Now, recently, Cross took charge of this issue, and in so doing, might have saved (the Republican Party’s) tax-exempt status.
I say this because when the party takes money, be it via dues, fundraising, whatever, it has a fiduciary responsibility to act upon certain matters. A vote by Republicans to call for term limits is such a responsibility that a past chair accepted, and Slowinski didn’t. Between August 2011 and January 2012, anyone in a leadership position could have written a quick little 100-word letter, right?
A board member told me that during an open meeting a colleague said that this is a “Republican county” and we need not worry about a Democrat holding on to a commission seat for long. Right. By the way, just recently Chairman Slowinski nominated a former president of the Young Democrats of Augusta, who is associated with Young Democrats of America, to be his fundraising chair. ...