Today, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) released the following statement regarding Mt. Pleasant resident Chris Cox, who has been working to keep up the Lincoln Memorial and World War II memorial during the government shutdown.
"Last Thursday after giving a speech on the House floor regarding the unprecedented closing of the Lincoln Memorial to the public during this government shutdown, Chris Cox came by my office to voice similar displeasure," said Sanford. "I'd never met him and figured he was like many who voice displeasure with a piece of government, but then go on to whatever is next on their to-do list in life."
"Today I went for my run down to the Lincoln Memorial, and there in front of the memorial I saw a South Carolina flag hanging from the back of a lawn mower. Curious I went up to the flag, and who should be there, but Chris. It turns out he had taken it upon himself since our visit last week to keep up the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and World War II memorials and surrounding grounds! He bought a lawn mower, a blower and told me he had spent the days and evenings since our visit, picking up trash, cutting grass and blowing leaves to keep walkways clean. An hour before we met, a park service officer had come up and told him he was no longer allowed to do so though the park service would not maintain these monuments now."
"I'm impressed, Chris embodies what it means to be not just a South Carolinian, but an American," added Sanford. "He saw a job that wasn't getting done and decided to take care of it. We are not a nanny state, and when government in this case chooses not to do something it's in keeping with the American tradition to ask, "What can I do to fix the problem?" Chris's example is one we could all learn from in Washington, and accordingly, I applaud him."