Recently, after coming home from Mass, and while preparing a presentation for the Myrtle Beach Republican Women’s Club, then again before the Georgetown County Council that evening, I came across the Feb. 14 letter by Clyde J. Davis of Pawleys Island (“Where are Withington’s core values?”). It was a good thing that I already had my orange juice.
I do not know Mr. Davis, but I made some inquiries, and learned that he is a fairly active member of the Republican Party there. He seems to be concerned that like Ronald Reagan, Sheriff Lane Cribb and state Sen. Luke Rankin, I have been involved with more than one political party in my 45 years engaged in civic activities. He questions my core values, my guiding philosophy and pride in my beliefs. Well, here’s your answer: my Christian faith given to me by my family and church, the Constitution, and my continuing study of history and current events.
What disturbed me was your comment that I ran three or four obviously sacrificial political campaigns at considerable personal expense for “self-aggrandizement.”
Clyde, I am a mature saved Christian; I don’t need that anymore. I am also not a “confused” American. I know that I won’t be able to convince you, and maybe you just wrote your letter as a smear attack on me on behalf of one of my opponents, but as Vito Corleone once said, “Why don’t you ask around about me?”
I did live in Pawleys for a couple of years when I first moved here, and I’ve been back. Some people might remember me. Why don’t you speak with Linwood Altman, Captain Stacy Clardy or Jim Jerow, or my 2002 opponent Jerry Oakley, or Father Pat, Richard Duff or the Rev. Tim Surrat or people at All Saints. See if they think that I am a confused opportunist, or maybe somebody in his mid 60s who just wants to help his country again.