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By FITSNews || Laurin Manning – one of President Barack Obama’s top South Carolina staffers in 2008 and current new media director for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen – was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Hartsville, S.C. last month, sources tell FITS.

Prior to her career as a political operative, Manning was one of the state’s most influential bloggers.  Her website, The Laurin Line, was one of the first new media outlets to achieve statewide notoriety prior to its discontinuation four years ago.

Widely-regarded as one of the most talented young political operatives in the state, Manning has been repeatedly referred to as “South Carolina’s best political writer” by FITS founding editor Will Folks.

Sheheen’s campaign said it was investigating the incident, which is said to have occurred on June 16.  Rob Godfrey, a spokesman for GOP nominee Nikki Haley, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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UPDATE: Confirmed.  Officers at the Darlington County Detention Center tell FITS that Manning was arrested on June 16 and charged with driving under the influence.