Viewpoint: We need integrity in government

A Sumter County Commissioner stands accused of the ultimate in political corruption, offering up his vote in exchange for cash.

Commissioner Al Hurley was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday and charged with asking for, and receiving more than $20,000 from an out-of-state contractor.

Prosecutors say Hurley promised a Michigan contractor that he'd get work in Sumter County in exchange for the cash.

What a disgrace. If these charges are true, Al Hurley has not only broken the law, but he's embarrassed himself, his family, and his community and made a mockery of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners.

While acknowledging that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, we believe Hurley's continued presence at the commission table will be a distraction and we call on him to remove himself from office until this case is resolved.