Trump Headed to SC to Bail Out Ethically Challenged McMaster Campaign
Governor Embroiled in Nuclear Scandal, Statehouse Corruption Probe
Donald Trump is coming to South Carolina to try to resuscitate Gov. Henry McMaster’s floundering reelection bid. But just like in Alabama last week, it’s far from certain that Trump picked the right horse in the race.
McMaster has been dogged by multiple ethics scandals ever since he took office.
This Spring, McMaster was forced to split with his longtime political consultant who is currently under FBI investigation for widespread corruption in the statehouse. And around the same time, he was also caught trying to hide nearly $20,000 in gifts and travel from the public.
Now McMaster finds himself at the center of the SCANA, Santee Cooper nuclear scandal that could leave taxpayers on the hook for billions. Even Republicans have started to blame the governor for his mismanagement of the failed project, calling him, “Gov McMakebelieve.”
All the distractions are creating real problems for his campaign. He failed to clear the Republican field and is currently feuding with his top campaign staff.
No matter what Trump says during his visit, these issues aren’t going away any time soon.
“The election is more than a year out, and Henry McMaster is already calling in Trump to save his struggling campaign,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “These scandals have McMaster pressing the panic button. The way things are going, Trump might have another Luther Strange situation on his hands.”