COLUMBIA, SC — Reaction from S.C. political circles about Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell's decision to not seek re-election and instead concentrate on trying to become the College of Charleston's next president:
Gov. Nikki Haley
Michael and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Glenn McConnell for the service he has given to South Carolina over the course of a career in public service that spans four decades, and we wish him and his family all the best going forward."
Pat McKinney, a Republican challenger for lieutenant governor
"Glenn McConnell has served South Carolina in public office for over 30 years and I want to thank him for his service to our state. I wish him the best for the future. As we did throughout the fall, our campaign will continue to work hard to earn each and every vote. We have critical issues facing South Carolina and I want to use my business experience to find responsible solutions to those challenges."
State Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor
"Today Lt. Governor McConnell said that he made a decision to drop politics. Unfortunately, in reality, it seems that the politicos who have taken over the Republican Party have dropped Glenn McConnell in favor of a more ultra fringe tea party candidate. Moderate Republicans continue to be exiled from their party by far right tea party leaders who are out of touch with the issues facing real South Carolinians. I am running for Lt. Governor to help the hard-working families of our state and to put an end to political extremism that has created gridlock at the statehouse."
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca
Glenn McConnell will be missed. He was a strong conservative voice for South Carolina who accomplished much for the people of our state during his years of public service. Glenn was instrumental in laying the groundwork for Boeing to come to South Carolina and for years provided steady leadership in the South Carolina State Senate. In the years to come, Im sure he will continue to contribute to South Carolina and I wish him well in all future endeavors.
S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston
Glenn McConnell's decisions are never based on what path is easiest but rather the path he truly believes is... http://t.co/FejI1l9syF— Bobby Harrell (@SpeakerHarrell) January 6, 2014
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis
As a former director of the state Office on Aging, I have been impressed by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnells commitment to assist our seniors. Lt. Governor McConnell has honorably served the people of this state for more than forty years, and while he has chosen to now take a different path of service his impact on our state will be felt for years to come.
S.C. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland
It has been a privilege to work with Glenn McConnell over the years. He is the embodiment of a true public servant and he will be missed.— Todd Rutherford (@RepRutherford) January 6, 2014
S.C. Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston
It has been an honor to work w/Glenn McConnell & his leadership will be missed. He's a true public servant & an incredible asset to Chs.— Peter M. McCoy, Jr. (@petermccoyforsc) January 6, 2014
S.C. GOP Party Chairman Matt Moore
Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell was a dedicated public servant for over 30 years. His knowledge will undoubtedly be missed. http://t.co/wE6x6kIu0t— Matt Moore (@MattMooreSC) January 6, 2014
S.C. Democratic House political director Tyler Jones
Glenn McConnell is a class act and true statesman. SC is much better off because of his leadership. He'd make a great Pres of CofC.— Tyler Jones (@TylerMJones) January 6, 2014