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Best Example of Why Every Elected Official Needs a Refresher Course in Ethics 

Chris Collins

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Let’s say you’re an elected official. What do you do when the legislative body you serve on votes on an issue that directly impacts you? The answer is simple, right? You recuse yourself. You don’t vote. Everybody knows this. Except for Charleston County School District board member Chris Collins. When the time came for the board to vote on whether to allow Rev. Collins’ church to renew its lease at an abandoned school building, he voted even though the matter directly impacted him. Now, it doesn’t matter that Collins ultimately voted to deny the lease — that’s called a good political move. It’s that the North Charleston politician didn’t even appear to understand why he shouldn’t be voting on the lease in the first place. Instead, he offered the lame excuse that he was a taxpayer and as a taxpaper — actually, we don’t even understand what he was trying to argue. And don’t get us started on allegations that Collins’ church had violated the lease repeatedly or the good reverend’s official membership in the kids-and-clowns wing of the school board. The sooner this guy is out of Lowcountry politics, the better.

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