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SC State House Lobbyist Shakeup

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S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s former deputy Trey Walker is leaving his post as the University of South Carolina’s top lobbyist to take a similar job with the state’s largest health care company.

Walker – a longtime staffer with former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster – is one of the consummate “good ‘ol boys” in state government.  He’s also the guy at the center of our recent story exposing how state lawmakers get preferential deals on college football tickets.

Which many of them pay for out of their campaign accounts …

Known around the S.C. State House as “Trey Boy,” Walker got his start manning rides at Carowinds, the amusement park located on the North Carolina-South Carolina border near Charlotte.  Now he’ll be setting the legislative agenda (i.e. pushing his old boss’s Medicaid expansion) for S.C. Blue Cross Blue Shield.

We’d like to say we wish Walker the best in his future endeavors, but we’ve not sure exactly how much “endeavoring” is associated with his “work.”  We know he watches a lot of sports on television … and tweets a lot about McMaster’s campaign for lieutenant governor.

Oh well …