After getting taken to the cleaners by his soon-to-be former ex-wife earlier this year, S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom has switched up his legal “Dream Team.”
Specifically, Eckstrom has dumped Columbia, S.C. attorney Ken Lester and replaced him with Ken Matthews, also from Columbia.
No word yet on the “New Ken’s” plan to polish this turd of a politician.
In a temporary settlement reached in April, Eckstrom got his hat handed to him. His wife Peggy Eckstrom was awarded $3,000 a month, the couple’s former home (which Eckstrom must pay the mortgage and utilities on), new dental coverage from the state, continued health care coverage from the state and $30,000 in attorneys fees.
For those of you who missed it, here’s a recap of Eckstrom’s recent court drama.
In addition to his recent affair with Payne, over a decade ago Eckstrom settled a sexual harassment suit filed against him while he was serving as State Treasurer. The woman, Leanne R. Johnson, received $57,000 from South Carolina taxpayers as a result of the settlement.
Despite all of this, Eckstrom was not only reelected Comptroller last November – but was placed in command of the South Carolina State Guard earlier this month.