S.C. lawmaker uses golf cart to reinforce rich-guy stereotypes

May 4, 2006
South Carolina state representative Todd Rutherford doesn’t care what the world thinks of rich white guys. He has a golf cart with a stereo and a 15-inch flat-screen television, and world be damned, he’s using it for a photo opportunity/PR stunt and probably for a few rounds on the links, we imagine. Rutherford, a Democrat from the state capital, is commuting to work, courthouses and offices with his golf cart, the Associated Press reports. The lawmaker bought the vehicle after Hurricane Katrina sent gas prices north of $3 a gallon; he docked it for the winter and has broken it out again just in time for the hordes of AP reporters needing filler stories to sandwich between partisan coverage of American Idol and Brangelina’s plans for their afterbirth. South Carolina, a golfer’s little slice of heaven but ironically the driver’s worst nightmare (have you seen I-85 lately?), allows drivers to use carts on secondary roads within two miles of home or office, so long as they’re insured properly.
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