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By FITSNews || Former Deputy S.C. Attorney General Robert Bolchoz has endorsed Alan Wilson – son of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson – in a close race for the Republican Attorney General’s nomination in South Carolina.

Bolchoz finished in third place behind Wilson and Columbia attorney Leighton Lord during last week’s primary election.

“I got to know Alan Wilson on the campaign trail,” Bolchoz said in a statement. “His character, principles, values, and work ethic are unrivaled. From the courtroom to the battlefield, he has proved he has what it takes to be Attorney General.”

Wilson called Bolchoz “the real deal” and a “proven prosecutor.”

Bolchoz made the announcement Monday morning in Mount Pleasant, S.C. alongside his old boss, former S.C. Attorney General Charlie Condon, who also endorsed Wilson’s candidacy.

Lord’s campaign wasted little time in framing the endorsements as evidence of Wilson’s proximity to the state’s “good ol’ boy” system.

“Mr. Bolchoz joined the list of various government officials, State and Federal politicians, and other special interests who have come together to support Alan’s ‘status quo’ candidacy,” Lord said in a statement. “Alan has no separation from ‘politics as usual;’ no significant legal experience, no understanding whatsoever of how to manage a large team of lawyers and no private sector record of delivering great service at low cost. Most importantly, Wilson lacks the independence to go in a reform oriented direction. It is no surprise that Wilson is the choice of government officials and politicians, who are perfectly satisfied with the ‘system.'”

Wilson and Lord will face off on June 22.