Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ken Ard can buy me lunch anytime he wants

Posted by Chris Haire on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been working on an article on kimchi for an upcoming issue of Dish.

I've tried Graze's kimchi and pork stew, Mama Kim's kimchi sides, Tattooed Moose's Lucky No. 1 sandwich, and Kim's Korean and Japanese Steakhouse's kimchi chigae. I've still got a few more to knock out before I'm done, but that's neither here nor there.

The thing is, I get reimbursed for all the eating I did at those fine establishments. OK. Not all of it. Some of it. And by some of it, I mean, just the dishes involving kimchi.

I could try to get away with having my entire meal comped — and on some occasions the meals were quite excessive — but that would be wrong. I was sent out to eat kimchi not hibachi chicken, and as much as I would like it to be true, the boss didn't send me out to drink beer. In good conscience I just couldn't bill the City Paper for those items that were not part of the assigned task.

S.C. Lt. Gov. Ken Ard doesn't have this problem.

In fact, he believes that his campaign funds can be used for most anything. According to The Post and Courier:

After his election in November, Ard used his campaign funds through December to buy personal items, including a family vacation to Washington, a game system, flat-screen TV, iPads, clothing for himself and his wife, fuel and food.

Man, I'm in the wrong line of work.

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