Earlier this week, I published a post questioning S.C. State Treasurer Convers Chellis’ practice of putting obvious campaign materials on his official website. I had done a previous article about Chellis engaging “Deputy State Treasurer” Scott Malyerck in campaign activities.
Others have caught on.
GoUpState.com has published an account of the editorial board’s meeting with Chellis/Malyerck on Wednesday. Their conclusion is the same: the State Treasurer is using official state resources to campaign.
Further, GoUpState.com questions Malyerck’s qualifications for the post that pays him a four-figure salary. His career as a political operative is outlined, leaving the reader to determine the propriety of his employnent.
The piece also documented Malyerck’s inventiveness in trying to explain his presence at the meeting and other aspects of the Secretary’s appointment calendar. Throughout the questioning by the UpState journalists – and Malyerck’s juggling – Converse Chellis said nothing. As his Deputy lied in his presence, the State Treasurer said NOTHING. Allowing lies on your behalf is tantamount to lying yourself.
As GoUpState.com said:
“Malyerck’s presence at our meeting was a clear violation of state ethics laws, and his manner in the meeting indicated that assuring Chellis’ re-election is most of what he does.
“The fact that the taxpayers are giving him $117,160 per year, at least in part to help Chellis run, is disgusting and unethical.
“The fact that he offered three different justifications as to why he accompanied Chellis was ridiculous.
“The fact that Chellis felt no need to comment on the issue when we were questioning the men at our office was telling.”
I’m pleased to see mainstream media outlets pursue such misdeeds – aw, hell, CORRUPTION – by public officials.
State Ethics Board? YOUR turn to catch on. Oh, bring the Attorney General with you.