SC politics: Senate hopeful brags that he has been arrested

May 6, 2014 

Senate hopeful’s ad brags that he has been arrested

U.S. Senate hopeful Richard Cash unveiled his campaign’s first TV ad Tuesday, touting his 10 arrests as an abortion protester.

The ad, which begins with a montage of Cash in prison, started running in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, and will hit cable markets Wednesday, his campaign spokesman said, declining to comment on how much the ad cost.

One of six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June’s GOP primary, Cash says in the ad: “I’ve been here (in prison) ten times, arrested for peaceful protests at abortion clinics, standing up for what is right. We need leaders now with the courage and resolve to stand against Washington’s abuse of power.”

Cash said he was arrested in anti-abortion demonstrations about 10 times over a roughly four-year period.

While the ad emphasizes his opposition to abortion, Cash said “the broader message is that I have the courage to stand up for what I believe at personal cost to myself, and that I will fight for the things that I believe in, even if it seems unpopular.”

Panel to hold another ethics hearing about former senator

The S.C. Senate Ethics Committee has scheduled a hearing on allegations against former state Sen. Robert Ford, the Charleston Democrat who resigned last year amid accusations that he used campaign money to buy items from a sex shop and pay personal expenses.

The hearing will be held May 14 at the State House.

Ford resigned in May during a two-day Senate Ethics hearing. Since then, SLED has been investigating the allegations against Ford.

In January, the Senate Ethics Committee issues a new complaint against Ford, accusing him of continuing to spend campaign money and misreport expenses after he left the Senate.

Maryland governor to campaign for Sheheen

S.C. Democrats are getting a second round of attention from politicians seeking to bolster their national profiles and White House prospects.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will hold a fundraiser for Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic candidate for S.C. governor, in Charleston Friday, state Democratic party spokesman Kristin Sosanie said. CNN reported the news first.

Earlier Friday, Vice President Joe Biden will hold a lunch fundraiser for the S.C. Democratic Party in Columbia.

Both 2016 presidential hopefuls are coming to South Carolina, an early presidential primary state, for commencements. Biden is addressing University of South Carolina graduates Friday. O’Malley’s daughter is graduating Saturday from the College of Charleston. (The commencement speaker? U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from North Charleston.)

O’Malley spoke to S.C. Democrats at a 2012 Democratic National Convention breakfast in Charlotte and was the keynote speaker at a state party conference last year in Charleston.

Jamie Self and Andrew Shain contributed

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