STATE: Conservative Outsider Catherine Templeton Issues Statement after Gubernatorial Forum; Will Speak in Laurens

Tea Party, Republican Party set meetings: Laurens County Tea Party will meet on Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. at Laurens Library, 1017 W. Main St., Laurens. Meeting will focus on Membership Renewals, Committee Sign-Ups, and general planning and setting goals for the coming year. An announcement says, “If you support lower taxes, smaller, transparent, and accountable government plus following our Constitution, we need you! Check out the Tea Party’s website; the Library is not a sponsor of this event. Laurens County Republican Party will meet Monday, Feb. 5, 7 pm at Laurens Library, 1017 W. Main St. Guest speaker will be a candidate for governor, Catherine Templeton. Everyone is welcome to attend. Find the party on Facebook; the Library is not a sponsor of this event.


McMaster Declines to Participate


Columbia — Conservative outsider and GOP gubernatorial candidate, Catherine Templeton today issued the following statement in the wake of a candidate forum in Myrtle Beach:

"Fresh on the heels of refusing to attend a candidate forum Monday in Myrtle Beach, the list of things Henry McMaster won’t talk to you about keeps growing. Questions have recently arisen over financial contributions to my opponent’s campaign by a variety of special interest groups — including one that is tied to a federal probe within the U.S. Justice Department, according to published reports.

"Those contributions and others raise serious questions about Henry McMaster and people who stand to benefit from him remaining in office. These special interests aren't giving thousands and thousands of dollars because they like my opponent. Why would a Georgia payday lender, a Tennessee insurer, a DC-based developer and a tobacco conglomerate care about South Carolina?

"They don’t! Neither does a member of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton’s national finance committees. That’s right, one of Obama and Clinton’s top donors from California is a bundler for Henry McMaster and was part of an exclusive invitational only roundtable with him.

"On top of it, my opponent invited two of the contractors involved with the failed nuclear projects to that same, exclusive fundraiser.

"Enough of the good ole boy political process is enough! It’s time we elect someone who will look out for all our citizens and small businesses owners. And I’m that person! Ask Henry to return those contributions that are contrary to the values you and I share as South Carolinians. And Henry, anytime, anywhere, anyplace you’d like, let’s talk to the people of South Carolina."


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