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Former McMaster Consultant Indicted on Corruption Charges

The governor’s opponents sought to tie Richard Quinn to the new incumbent.

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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 19, 2017, 11 a.m.

“The State Grand Jury has handed down criminal conspiracy indictments against embattled political consultant Richard Quinn, his son, a suspended senator and two ex-lawmakers with ties to his firm in the ongoing Statehouse corruption probe. … The conspiracy charge is a felony that carries up to five years in prison or a maximum $5,000 fine. The other charges carry maximum penalties of between a year and 10 years behind bars.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) “has tied” Gov. Henry McMaster (R) “to Columbia corruption on the campaign trail without specifically naming him.” Templeton: “Columbia is INFESTED. We need a Cat to stop the rats!”

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R): “The cancer in our state is growing, and I will not allow it to fester.”

State Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson: “It is … incumbent upon McMaster to explain the role his chief of staff plays within the Quinn’s business entities. … He’s been a central part of their organization while working in and out of government, and without clarity from McMaster, the ethics of the governor’s office are in extreme doubt.”

McMaster’s campaign adviser Tim Pearson: “Governor’s races are ultimately about the candidates, and Henry McMaster is squeaky clean—he always has been.” (Columbia State)

Pearson replaced Quinn as McMaster’s consultant, but McMaster has defended Quinn in the past.

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