COLUMBIA, SC — MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow spent a segment of her show on Tuesday criticizing the Republican Governors Association's new television ad that attacks some of the legal work of S.C. Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen.
The ad, that started airing over the weekend, chides Sheheen, a Camden lawyer, for representing defendants charged with sexual offenses and criminal-domestic violence.
Maddow and a guest, a former acting U.S. solicitor general, discussed how the U.S. legal system allows the accused to have the best defense and how lawyers are separate from the clients they represent. The ad's message runs counter to the constitutional right of due process, they added.
"I don't know if this ad campaign in South Carolina is going to become a scandal," Maddow said. "For totally non-partisan reasons, I hope it does."
Sheheen is headed to a rematch of his 2010 race with Gov. Nikki Haley, a member of the RGA's executive committee, in November.
Clip about RGA ad on the Rachel Maddow Show