Duane Lewis hasn’t been elected Berkeley County Sheriff yet, but he has already put together a “citizens” advisory council. Heck, he can’t even attend a forum with his Democrat opponent and the people of Berkeley County. You citizens can already see how the next four years will go if Lewis actually wins. Even as a candidate he lets you know he is not responsible to you and doesn’t give a damn what you think or what questions you might have for him. Honesty and integrity - yeah, right! He learned well from his mentor DeWitt, didn’t he?
A concerned voter has been doing research into the members he “appointed” to the council to advise him. Let’s take a look at what has been reported to us so far.
Michael Ramsey (Hanahan) - Ramsey is on the Hanahan Board of Zoning Appeals and is a private appraiser.
Update: Ramsey is an appraiser for Berkeley County.
Charlie Cox (Hanahan) - Former member of Hanahan Town Council and father of Kevin Cox, current member of Hanahan Town Council. Kevin is married to Janet Watson Cox, daughter of……
Ralph “Butch” Watson - Former Hanahan Town Council member.
David Shuler - Runs the fire department there in Shulerville and has a number of relatives employed by BCSO.
Walter Early - Pretty much runs Pringletown
Hercules Brown - Pretty much runs Alvin.Also works for Berkeley County government.
Jamie Gibson - runs the neighborhood watch in Cane Bay.
Shelly Green - District employment coordinator at the Berkeley County School District.
It seems that Lewis is making a merry band of some of the power players who control the direction of the Republican Party in Berkeley County. We already know Chairman Tim Callanan, who squired Lewis around during the campaign, spent a lot of time introducing him to some folks with power, specifically some Daniel Island people with deep pockets. Considering most of our readers are quite familiar with the dirty dealings of the previous three or four sheriff’s, we can’t help but envision how this pay to play term will turn out if Lewis actually wins. There are some other interesting connections to judges and such. We should have some interesting stories to write over the next three to four years if Lewis is actually elected.
Oh, Tim Callanan has a message for you trashy folks who question him and his boy Lewis.
He did, in fact, address those supporters as sore losers. Several times.
Callanan made a whoopsie and enraged a few additional voters who have now been convinced to pull their support for Lewis. Callanan tries to make the issue about a high school diploma (which has allegedly been produced now) and ignores the litany of falsehoods and a possible outright criminal act involving Lewis’ current employment with the state and his “college degree”.
Curiously, Callanan seems to be willing to overlook the obvious lies of his boy Duane Lewis. As chairman of the Berkeley County Republican Party we suppose Callanan can selectively apply whatever criteria he uses to establish which liars of pieces of human garbage and which are not. Those asking questions as a result of the lies of Duane Lewis - human garbage. The liar Duane Lewis himself - a perfectly acceptable human being according to Callanan. In his response above we see Callanan resorting to the same biblical references used by many of the other criminals and criminal supporters featured in these pages. Why do the dirty and the guilty always fall back on God? As if God would condone actions. And you wonder why the Republican Party is in the crapper and losing support on a daily basis.
We discussed the current situation in Berkeley County amongst the group earlier this week. None of us could actually recall a write-in effort being successful, but there is a first time for everything. The fact that Lewis, Callanan and the Republican Party continue to attack their own voters and drive off a lot of those who initially supported Lewis does not bode well. If any of the three write-in efforts actually succeed things will get very interesting in that county. Any sheriff who is NOT Duane Lewis will get very little cooperation or support from County Council or the Berkeley County Republican Party. The best analogy we could come up with on short notice is a lone member of the armed forces being dropped alone smack into the middle of a Taliban village. It doesn’t matter whether that candidate is Adams, Bellew or Burbage - the powers that be in Berkeley County will first try to remove him via legal maneuvers using some of those connections with judges we mentioned earlier. If that effort fails they will lean heavily on back-stabbing and undermining that person as much as possible throughout his entire term.They will use their minions (like they did with Merrithew) and their political connections to certain state politicians and news websites in their efforts to destroy.
You folks in Berkeley County elected the people who will do this. You continue to elect those who view themselves as the elite and you, the voters, as human garbage who should never dare to question them. The future of BCSO does not look bright. Not only are some of those folks financially bankrupt, they are also morally bankrupt. No, Tim, invoking Jesus and referencing Commandments does not absolve you.
To the decent law enforcement officers employed there, we urge you to begin the process of moving to more reputable agencies who actually support their employees rather than subject them to political whims or sacrifice them to save the careers of administrators.