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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration will investigate a complaint filed against one of her political arch-rivals – embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

According to The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times, Attorney General Alan Wilson has referred an ethics complaint against Harrell to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – which is part of Haley’s cabinet.

“Consistent with our long-standing policy, we are requesting that SLED assign an agent to conduct this inquiry,” deputy Attorney General John McIntosh said in a statement.

Wow … Harrell is set to face a criminal probe conducted by his longtime nemesis? No wonder the jackals are circling at the S.C. State House …

Earlier this week, FITS reported exclusively on the not-so-secret race to replace Harrell as Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives – a contest which is being driven by rumors of multiple investigations into Harrell’s various shady dealings.

Harrell is facing a host of allegations – including the receipt of improper reimbursements, misappropriation and misreporting of campaign funds and influence peddling.

What specific allegations were contained in the report provided to the Attorney General? It’s not immediately clear, although sources close to the office tell FITS the information Wilson’s office was provided “represents (the) bulk but not all evidence turned over to (SLED) by Macintosh.”

In other words there could be dirt on Harrell yet to be publicized … which is good news for those of us who want to see him go down.

Will that happen though? Vote in our poll (and post your thoughts in our comments section) below …

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