Many of the reactions from Republicans Friday to Lt. Gov. Ken Ards resignation referred to sadness; Democrats were less sympathetic
They are good people
Michael and I appreciate the service Ken and Tammy Ard have given to the state of South Carolina. They are good people who have given much of their time and efforts to Florence and the state as a whole. I valued Kens partnership and wish Ken and his family all of the best going forward.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haleys statement
I hope we can put this behind us
This is a sad day for South Carolina. I hope we can put this behind us and move on.
Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Grahams comment on his Twitter account
Resignation will help our state move forward
Lt. Gov. Ard has taken responsibility for his actions. His resignation will help our state move past this sad and unfortunate incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken and his family during this time.
S.C. Republican Party chairman Chad Connellys statement
Nothing but regret and shame
Ive never heard him speak of what he did without anything but regret and shame.
Brant Branham, Ards chief of staff in the lieutenant governors office
State government has been in ... total chaos
This saga is not solely about Lt. Gov. Ard. South Carolina state government has been in a state of total chaos for the last decade. Between governors Sanford and Haley, our government has reached an unbelievable low. Its simply sad.
State Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg
Just the latest in a ... 10-year history of criminal conduct
Ken Ards plea and resignation today is just the latest in a long 10-year history of criminal conduct on the part of the Republican Partys officials. ... When the voters of this state go into the voting booth this fall, they will have an easy choice. They can vote Republican and continue the decade-long rule of corruption or reject it for change and vote Democratic.
Dick Harpootlian, S.C. Democratic Party chairman