COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Republican challenging South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that she will take no salary if elected to the state’s top job and also pledged to never engage in any lobbying activity, proposals she said come in the wake of an alleged Statehouse corruption scheme that has resulted in charges for half a dozen legislators.
Catherine Templeton’s campaign also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she would bar governor’s office staff from any lobbying activity while the governor they serve is in office.
Templeton, who unveiled her full ethics reform plan at a news conference in Columbia, said that she is the only gubernatorial candidate without ties to an alleged corruption scheme in which half a dozen current and former state lawmakers have been indicted, along with political consultant Richard Quinn. Two of the six legislators have pleaded guilty and promised to help state and federal authorities with the ongoing investigation.
McMaster, the state’s former attorney general, has worked with Quinn for decades, although the incumbent announced earlier this year he was severing ties with the consultant.
As part of her ethics plan, Templeton is also proposing term limits for state lawmakers, an idea she says would lead to less legislative corruption.