|| By FITSNEWS || Four former governors of South Carolina – including one whose previous efforts to bring down the Confederate flag cost him his job – have echoed current S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s call for the controversial banner to be removed from the grounds of the S.C. State House.
Democrats Jim Hodges (1999-2003), Fritz Hollings (1959-1963) and Dick Riley (1979-87) joined “Republican” David Beasley (1995-1999) in calling for the flag to come down in the aftermath of last week’s horrific, racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
“As former governors of this great state, we support the call by Governor Haley and state and federal elected leaders to remove the Confederate Flag from the statehouse grounds,” the statement from the four governors read. “Last week’s tragic events at Mother Emanuel AME Church have reminded us of the important bond we share as South Carolina citizens. We should fly only the United States and South Carolina Flags on our Statehouse grounds – flags that represent us all.”
Beasley – a former Democrat – lost his reelection bid in 1998 in no small part to his push to remove the flag from the State House dome.