By a vote of 38-3, the South Carolina Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the nomination of Catherine Templeton to serve as the next commissioner of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).
Templeton’s confirmation – a formality after she unanimously cleared a Senate panel earlier this month – was briefly held up by S.C. Sen. Phil Leventis (D-Sumter), who mounted a filibuster objecting to what he viewed as her fundamental lack of qualification for the position.
We also voiced our opposition to this scandal-scarred nominee’s appointment to a scandal-ravaged agency – however at the end of the day we noted that the State Senate’s role in this process is to provide advise and consent, not
Based on her one-year tenure as director of the S.C. Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR), it could be argued that Templeton is the very last person who should be entrusted with this responsibility. More to the point, given the SCDHEC board’s starring role in Gov. Nikki Haley’s recent “Savannah River Sellout” – we’re not sure that any of its board members should be entrusted when it comes to representing the state of South Carolina’s best interests.
Georgia’s best interests, yes … but not South Carolina’s.
Templeton chose to “plead the fifth” regarding Haley’s controversial appeasement of Georgia’s port expansion plans during her confirmation hearing.