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Bobby Harrell Resignation Demands: And They’re Off!

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FIRST OF MANY CALLS ISSUED FOR SOUTH CAROLINA SPEAKER TO STEP DOWN

Well that didn’t take long …

With the ink barely dry on a nine-count public corruption indictment, the first calls for S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to resign his office began rolling in.

The first came from Charleston County democratic party chairman Brady Quirk-Garvan …

“The charges against Speaker Harrell are very serious and could potentially result in jail time,” Quirk-Garvan said in a statement.  “With these kinds of major distractions, it is now both impossible and inappropriate for Mr. Harrell to remain as Speaker of the House of Representatives and he should resign immediately.”

Expect a lot more of these in the days and weeks to come …

What about us?  Shoot … we called on Harrell to resign last February.

“We call on Bobby Harrell to resign his office – immediately,” we wrote at the time.  “South Carolina cannot permit yet another one of its high profile leaders to evade responsibility for lawlessness the way Nikki Haley did. For once, Harrell ought to stop acting in his own interests and take a step which will benefit the people of this state.”

UPDATE: S.C. Democratic Party chairman Jamie Harrison is calling on Harrell to step down, saying he “should resign from his role as Speaker of the House of Representatives and abide by state law as it relates to his suspension from the House of Representatives.”