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Catherine Templeton Headed To Columbia

GOP challenger holding first press conference of 2018 race …

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton is traveling to the Midlands region of the Palmetto State today to hold her first press conference of the 2018 GOP primary season.

Templeton will address members of the media at a press event in the suburbs of Columbia, S.C., according to her campaign.

What will she say during her appearance?  It’s not immediately clear, although our guess is she’s likely to address the recent escalation of #ProbeGate – an ongoing, multi-jurisdictional investigation into corruption in state government that has badly exposed “Republican” incumbent Henry McMaster, her top rival in next spring’s election.

Sources close to Templeton’s campaign declined to provide details of her remarks, however.

This news site challenged Templeton earlier this week to begin defining herself as a candidate.  Looks like we didn’t have to wait very long for her to pick up that gauntlet …

Templeton’s press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. EDT at 219 Sandhurst Road in Columbia – a home located in the Whitehall subdivision, which is located about nine klicks northwest of the S.C. State House.

An advisory for the event says the “conservative outsider” will address the press from the front yard of this residence.  Folksy, huh?

Given that our world headquarters is just around the corner, we will probably drop in and see what she has to say …

Hopefully Templeton will do more than just bash her opponent’s lack of ethics. While accurate (and appropriate), such criticism is not enough.

This news site has rolled out some substantive ethics reform proposals in response to #ProbeGate – ideas we reiterated just yesterday.  If Templeton is going to make political hay over her opponent’s glaring vulnerability on this issue, she would be well-served to bring some credible reforms to the table herself.

We’ll see if she does that …

UPDATE: Here’s our report from Templeton’s presser.

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