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SCDP: Leaders Must Be Held Accountable

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Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Democratic Party released this statement from Chairman Jaime Harrison following the investigation and resignation of Sen. Robert Ford:

“Today marks a sad chapter for our state and the legacy of Sen. Robert Ford.  Throughout his career, Sen. Ford had been a tireless advocate for his constituents and champion for civil rights. Nonetheless, all leaders should be held accountable for any ethical wrongdoing regardless of party and office.

“The Senate ethics investigation was thorough and appropriate, and Sen. Ford was right to resign. Now, just as the Senate investigated Sen. Ford, so too should the House look into the mountain of evidence against Speaker Bobby Harrell for similarly using his campaign account for personal expenses.

“This culture of corruption in South Carolina has to stop. Elected officials who use their campaign accounts for personal purposes hurt the reputation of our great state and feed into mistrust of the state government. We have to drain the swamp and restore people’s faith once again.“

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