The role of Governor of South Carolina has been in a form of limbo since President Donald Trump appointed incumbent, Nikki Haley to the role of Ambassador to the United Nations. The promotion of Henry McMaster to Governor has left many waiting for the first test of his position when the Republican faces an election for the Governorship of a state which saw a large amount of economic growth under the leadership of Nikki Haley.
In the wake of a number of scandals hitting the South Carolina legislature over the role of lobbyists, Republican candidate Christine Templeton has revealed her plans for an ethical period in the State House if she wins the election to become Governor, US News reports.
Among the promises made by the former candidate for a top position with the U.S. Labor Department under President Donald Trump, Templeton has promised never to accept any salary for her role if she wins the position of Governor. Templeton has also included a promise to never accept any funding from lobbyists or to engage in any lobbying activities if she becomes Governor; the role of lobbyists has become a major cause for concern in the South Carolina legislature and prompted Catherine Templeton to state her own staff would be barred from engaging with lobbyists if she wins a role at the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina.
Some have begun to question the seemingly close political relationship Christine Templeton enjoys with former Trump Administration strategist Steve Bannon. Any backing by Bannon for Templeton could prove difficult for McMaster, a close associate of President Trump who was the first elected official to back his Presidency as candidates endorsed by Bannon have recently been performing well against those backed by the President.