Tampa, FL (WFLA) – As thousands in South Carolina continue battle flood waters, there is criticism brewing over legislators asking for federal aid.
Republican Presidential candidate Lindsey Graham and other Republican lawmakers are taking heat after they voted against federal aid for New Jersey and New York during super storm Sandy. But now, the same legislators want help for South Carolina.
“A lot of it on money comes back to philosophy on how much the state should be doing versus how much the federal government should be doing and whether the whole proves is very efficient or not. But without question, someone whose home was flooded out and whose street was underwater for days will always remember those who voted against aid for their area, you can bet on that,” said political expert Dr. Susan MacManus.
Senator Graham appeared on CNN earlier in the week talking about the need for assistance. He was asked about his vote on super storm Sandy aid, he said “I’m all for helping the people in New Jersey “and then went on to say “I don’t really recall that” referring to the vote.
“It’s just like Andrew the whole country has seen it in their living rooms for days on end and that’s a much different situation than if you have a more localized disaster. The public is very sensitized to it and no surprise so are the politicos. Disasters really grab people and its where a lot of people make up their minds who to support for office because part of leadership is management during disasters and people remember that,” said Dr. MacManus.
“It’s not just all about politics, there are procedures that FEMA lays out and on top of that the head of FEMA is the head of Florida’s emergency management. If you want to look at it in pure politics, one state getting aid and the other not, is something that can be capitalized on by people running for office.”