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EMBATTLED HOUSE SPEAKER WILL FACE CREDIBLE DEMOCRAT

Looks like Attorney General Alan Wilson’s grand jury investigation isn’t the only thing embattled S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell needs to worry about …

A credible Democrat will challenge the scandal-scarred politician for his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives this fall.

Mary Tinkler – who managed her father’s unsuccessful S.C. Senate campaign two years ago – is now throwing her own hat in the ring, looking to capitalize on the myriad of public corruption allegations that have dogged Harrell over the past two years.

“She will have money,” one Democrat familiar with Tinkler’s candidacy tells FITS.

Tinkler waited to file her campaign paperwork until the very last day of the partisan filing period – which ended on Sunday at noon.

Harrell wasn’t the only ethically challenged “Republican” to receive a surprise electoral challenge in the final days before the filing deadline. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley also drew an unexpected primary challenge from an Upstate attorney who is also expected to run a well-funded campaign.