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Lt. Governor’s Chief Advisor Busted For DUI




|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. lieutenant governor Henry McMaster‘s chief of staff was busted for driving under the influence (DUI) this weekend.

Mark Plowden – a longtime McMaster aide who recently concluded a brief stint at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) – posted a $1,022 personal recognizance bond in the wake of his arrest.  Details of his apprehension were not immediately provided by the City of Columbia, S.C. police department.

City of Columbia, S.C. spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons told FITS the incident report from Plowden’s arrest would be released on Monday.

Sources tell FITS Plowden was pulled over by police in front of the University of South Carolina’s Koger Center for the Performing Arts (1051 Greene Street) at around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

News of Plowden’s arrest – and a pic of his grinning mug shot – was first reported by WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.).

A former two-term attorney general, McMaster won the GOP primary for lieutenant governor last spring over governor Nikki Haley‘s handpicked No. 2 – Patrick McKinney.  Well, to be precise – McKinney refused to contest McMaster in a two-week runoff election after finishing well behind him in the June 10 primary vote.

McMaster then coasted to victory in the 2014 general election over Democrat Bakari Sellers – despite a resurgence of his race-related problems.

So far, McMaster’s term as lieutenant governor is off to a horrific start.  Even before Plowden’s arrest, the elder “statesman” was facing criticism for offering his Democratic successor Yancey McGill a $122,000-a-year plum bureaucratic post.