Sam calls it as he sees it

You may not agree with Sussex County Councilman Sam Wilson, a Republican from Georgetown, but you have to agree he keeps things lively in council chambers.

The right-winger wears his conservative values on his shirtsleeve and is not afraid to snap back when he feels backed into a corner. You have to understand that he has lived on the same farm outside Georgetown his entire life.

Sam Wilson

His comments go from the outrageous to down-home common sense. He says the only way to protect what happens next to your property is to buy it, and he didn’t make many friends in Lewes when he called their actions mob rule. He muttered under his breath that he probably shouldn’t have said that.

He couldn’t get elected town street sweeper in Lewes, but what he stands for must be all right with those who live in and around Georgetown. That shows how divergent opinions are in Sussex County.

Sam calls stormwater management “bunk” and urged people with water problems to pray to the Lord for relief because he controls it all.

In the face of hundreds of people claiming traffic would be appalling in the Lewes area if the Village Centre project were approved, he said he wasn’t convinced there would be traffic issues.

He and Councilwoman Joan Deaver, a Rehoboth Beach Democrat, not only sit on opposite ends of the council table, they are light years apart on just about every issue. When Joan says the sky is blue, Sam says it’s white.

It doesn’t take long to discover that Sam believes a man’s property is his own, and he can do pretty much whatever he wants with it. He has voted for nearly every subdivision, rezoning and conditional-use request that has come before him.

He’s tough when it comes to handing out county money and struggles with just about every councilmanic grant given out at the end of each meeting. When he was first elected he, as well as Deaver – they did agree on at least one thing – questioned many of the grants. He has since learned the grants are political leverage and he goes along with the rest of council, although his grants are usually small compared to others.

And here is the real kicker. All of the tidbits above were not compiled from months worth of meetings; they took place during the Tuesday, Jan. 19 meeting.

All you have to do is sit and listen.

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2 Responses to “Sam calls it as he sees it”

  1. Mike Mahaffie Says:

    He couldn’t get elected town street sweeper in Lewes, but what he stands for must be all right with those who live in and around Georgetown. That shows how divergent opinions are in Sussex County.

    This is an interesting observation. It is, I think, true, and yet for some reason the 37th Representative District was drawn to include both of these communities together when they so clearly are separate culturally, politically and economically

  2. JLW Says:

    Property Owner rights. Something Lynn Rogers felt strongly about also. Too bad he let the ‘mob rule’ run him out of his position and put Deaver in.
    When Deaver makes it so you have to run it by council to plant shrubs in your own yard, they’ll learn. When people elected Deaver, they elected to leave their rights behind.

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