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S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) chief Catherine Templeton has named a new spokesman, according to the Associated Press.

So who did our state’s most “beautiful mind” pick? Mark Plowden, who has spent the last nine years working for the S.C. Attorney General’s office under Henry McMaster and Alan Wilson.

“DHEC has gotten so beaten up in the press that, after a while, they just stopped talking to the press,” Templeton told the AP.

SCDHEC has gotten beaten up in the press … and deservedly so. After all, the agency’s commissioners sold the Palmetto State down the river last year – green-lighting a controversial Port of Savannah expansion project championed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

Wait … a Georgia port project? Championed by a South Carolina governor?

Yeah … go figure.

Anyway, all of that nonsense went down prior to Templeton coming on board at the agency … and to her credit she didn’t shell out the $101,000 a year that this job could have fetched. Our sources say Plowden will be paid $84,000 a year (not counting benefits), the same as his predecessor.

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