South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) had the honor of being the host governor at last weekend's annual National Governors Association's conference. Like any good governor, he used the opportunity to promote his home state. But the plan may have backfired. Aaron Shenin from The State reports:
S.C. Democrats blistered Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday for giving the nation’s governors a goody bag filled with S.C.-themed products that were made overseas.
A pair of sandals, a beach towel and a tote bag were handed out this weekend as welcome gifts in Charleston, where the National Governors Association held its summer meetings.
All three items were stamped or embroidered with S.C. themes, including an association logo featuring the Charleston skyline.
But, as Democratic Party chairman Joe Erwin pointed out Wednesday, all three were made elsewhere: the flip-flops in the Philippines, the towel in Pakistan and the bag in India.
A spokesman for Sanford said the products were purchased from S.C. companies, and the logos on the bag and towel were embroidered by an in-state firm.
The back-and-forth gets more interesting, and, to some extent, I think it just shows how hard it is to even figure out what's really "Made in the U.S.A." in these days of globalization.