South Carolina lieutenant governor Kevin Bryant – one of five candidates for the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nomination – is planning on making a major ethics-related announcement in Greenville, S.C. this week.
Sources close to Bryant’s campaign tell us his news is tied to #ProbeGate – an ongoing investigation into corruption in state government that has felled three top “Republican” members of the S.C. House of Representatives.
What does Bryant have to say about the investigation? We don’t know … but he’s scheduled to appear at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville, S.C. at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday.
Bryant plans on advising the media for his Greenville event sometime early Monday morning, we’re told.
At that point we should learn some additional details about his big announcement.
A 51-year-old pharmacist from Anderson, S.C., Bryant spent a dozen years in the South Carolina Senate prior to becoming lieutenant governor in January. He is an avowed social conservative, although he has a strong fiscal conservative record, too.
Most of his support is in the South Carolina Upstate – although he did receive a big endorsement in the Midlands region of the state last week.
With the well-known McMaster likely to be the top vote-getter in the first round of balloting on June 12, Bryant is hoping to beat out Templeton, Warren and former lieutenant governor Yancey McGill for second place – which would put him in a head-to-head matchup against McMaster in a runoff election two weeks later (on June 26).
His problem? Cash … or rather a lack thereof. Last week, Bryant’s campaign revealed it had less than $200,000 on hand for the last two months of the GOP primary. By contract, Templeton has $2.5 million to spend in her bid to take on McMaster.
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