Sanford, Beaufort have had good relationship

info@islandpacket.comApril 30, 2013 

A friend of mine directed me to the gratuitous and misleading comments Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling made recently regarding former Gov. Mark Sanford.

First, the 1st District that Sanford represented from 1994-2000 didn't include Beaufort. The lines were redrawn after the 2010 census to include Beaufort.

Second, Sanford personally worked night and day and provided substantial financial support in his capacity as governor during the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission process to keep both Beaufort's and Charleston's military facilities open (Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base were considered largely secure) and to add jobs -- as was ultimately the case at MCAS Beaufort -- where possible.

And finally why would Sanford call Keyserling to find out what was going on in Beaufort? The governor's brother-in-law -- me -- was Beaufort's mayor throughout nearly all of Sanford's two terms as governor, and he and I had regular conversations about Beaufort, the city's needs and its future. Moreover, Sanford's then-chief of staff, a Beaufort resident, and now its state senator, Tom Davis, was also readily available to the governor to advise him on Beaufort matters.

Meanwhile, Keyserling, having been defeated in his then-second bid to become mayor, was out of public life.

Bill Rauch


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