At Florence rally, McMaster plays up ties to President Trump

October 12, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster brought greetings from President Donald Trump in a campaign stop Thursday evening.

McMaster started off by saying that he was one of the first to endorse Trump. He said was impressed by Trump and couldn’t believe no one else had endorsed him.

Trump, McMaster continued, remembers his endorsement of Trump and the subsequent victory in the 2016 South Carolina Presidential primary. He added that Trump just told him to provide a list of what the state needed after Hurricane Florence hit when the two were touring the state after the storm. The list, McMaster added, would be taken care of by Trump.

McMaster appeared at a get-out-the-vote rally along with State Reps. Jay Jordan and Phillip Lowe, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, Florence County Council Willard Dorriety, Florence One Schools board members Tricia Caulder and Bryan Chapman, State Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman, and Treasurer Curtis Loftis.

Several candidates for office were also at the rally.

McMaster has served as the 117 th governor of the Palmetto State since Jan. 24, 2017, when then-Gov. Nikki Haley resigned after being confirmed by the Senate to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations.

Prior to being elected to the lieutenant governor position in 2015, McMaster was elected state attorney general in 2002 and 2006, served as the state chair of the Republican Party from 1993 until his election to the attorney general, and served as attorney general from 1981 to 1985.

He also served on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Policy Council. A lawyer by trade, McMaster graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973 and the University of South Carolina in 1969.

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