Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster officially filed as a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. In an online video announcement, McMaster said, “For this job, experience really does matter.”
In addition to serving eight years as attorney general, McMaster gained national attention when President Ronald Reagan chose him as his first U.S. attorney. In that job, McMaster led a crackdown on corruption and drug trafficking. He later became State Republican Party chairman and led the SCGOP through a period of historic growth.
With a strong record in both the public and private sectors, McMaster said he brings to the race “a unique mix of experience and proven results.” In announcing his decision to run as a candidate for lieutenant governor, McMaster issued the following statement:
“The next four years will be critical to our state's political, economic and cultural future. I love South Carolina and I want to help create a future of progress and prosperity.
“As lieutenant governor, I plan to be a strong voice for conservative reform in state government. I'll be ready on day one to preside over the work of the State Senate. It takes experience in state government and knowledge of the law to do a good job.
“I'm also ready to address the growing challenges faced by our state's seniors and adults with disabilities. At the present rate, South Carolina's senior population will double by the year 2030.
“I've discussed this issue in detail with my friend Glenn McConnell, our current lieutenant governor. He is making wonderful progress in developing plans and strategies to deal with the aging crisis. And I am prepared to follow in his footsteps.
“Finally, I'm ready to work with Governor Haley and the conservative leaders of the State Legislature to protect taxpayers, grow our economy, create new jobs and build a tomorrow we can all be proud of.
“That's why I'm running as a conservative Republican for lieutenant governor and I ask for your support.”
The Republican Primary will be held Tuesday, June 10. Learn more about Henry McMaster at www.henrymcmaster.com.