ELECTION 2014: Reaction to Glenn McConnell ending his 33-year political career

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on January 6, 2014 

Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, receives congratulations from Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, and Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, after he was sworn-in as the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 2012.

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— 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, I’m 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

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis

“As a former director of the state Office on Aging, I have been impressed by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell’s 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

S.C. Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston

S.C. GOP Party Chairman Matt Moore

S.C. Democratic House political director Tyler Jones

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