The people of South Carolina seem to feel that an ad campaign marketing their state as a tourist attraction overseas, specifically in London, projects the wrong image.
Some lawmakers were shocked to learn about the campaign, with state Sen. David Thomas, R-Greenville, calling for an audit.
Joel Sawyer, spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford, said using tax money to support a social or political agenda is inappropriate.
“Our state tourism dollars should be talking about the beaches and attractions of South Carolina,” Sawyer said.
Yet that's exactly what the ad does. It promotes South Carolina's lovely beaches, full of really interesting people, as well as the State's myriad other attractions, ranging from the ancient architecture of Charleston, to Forts Sumter and Moultrie and the rich history they represent, to South Carolina's lovely mountains, with their majestic splendor, and the State's justified reputation as a shrine of art.
Honestly, who wouldn't be gay in a state that has as much to offer as South Carolina?