2nd in a series on Spartanburg County GOP

In the first article, we pointed out the two primary reasons someone wants to be elected; Serve others or serve themselves.  Continuing with that theme; a few excerpts from an article by Bob Dalton (Robert W. Dalton) of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, published on Sunday, April 20, 2008.

http://www.goupstate.com/news/20080420/gop-chairman-halts-political-services

Headline: GOP chairman halts political services

Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram on Saturday said he will no longer sell political services to GOP candidates involved in primaries.

Last week, Beltram came under fire for selling a variety of services – including automated calls, polling and walking lists – through his company, B Square Enterprises. He runs the company out of the county GOP office, where he pays half the rent.

He offered the services in a memo to each Republican candidate, but the memo did not mention that the money would go to B Square Enterprises.

State Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson on Thursday said it was inappropriate for Beltram to operate the business while serving as county chairman…

Beltram declined to step down, but on Saturday stepped out of providing the services.

Back in the day, this was a big scandal right in the middle of an election. There were quite a few other situations which hit the news and looked quite bad on the Republican Party. This certainly doesn’t seem to fall under the category of serving others and it’s sort of nice; not having the local Republican Party in the news on a regular basis with embarrassing articles.