South Carolina GOP Gov Orders Freedom Police To Remove Democratic Operative At Meeting
While the South Carolina Governor wrapped up her meeting with the Atlantic Beach Town Council on Tuesday morning, town police quietly escorted a woman from the building. According to the officer who escorted her out of the meeting, the woman works for the South Carolina Democratic Party and her removal was ordered by the governor’s staff.
According to WMBF, Kate Sarna was filming the proceedings when she was told by town police officers to leave the Atlantic Beach Community Center.
Sarna questioned why she was told to leave the building after she was outside, asking if she had been causing a disturbance or creating a problem.
According to Atlantic Beach Police Sgt. John Jackson, her behavior was not a problem but he was just following orders. Those orders came from Nikki Haley’s staff.
Sarna said she had been told by SLED that it was OK to attend any meeting in a public place.
“SLED didn’t tell us,” Jackson responded. “We were told by the governor’s people to remove you.”
A spokesperson for the governor said prior to the meeting that the governor never intended to go into executive session and wanted to keep her remarks open to the public.
With the governor not joining the council, Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans had the agenda amended to remove the executive session and allowed the governor to address the council.
When she finished speaking, Haley told the council she was ready for a frank discussion with them but she was met with silence.
Alternatively, Haley could have just removed everyone who did not follow her in lockstep, so I guess this is a positive move on her part by just removing one Democrat. Or maybe, the other Democrats are left in an alleyway after being punched in the throat by Haley’s staff, for freedom.
H/T: My BFF @ComgenKDT with thanks.