Sheheen apologizes for gaffe
State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic candidate for governor, apologized Monday for his slip-of-the tongue last week when he called Gov. Nikki Haley an offensive name.
“My mom’s around, and I can promise you I don’t use that word, the word that … people are claiming that I’ve used. I don’t use it in private. I don’t use it in public,” Sheheen told Charleston radio host Bryan Crabtree. “But if anybody heard, and certainly my words were garbled … I apologize because I don’t want to send that message to anybody.”
During a campaign stop in Florence last week, Sheheen was caught on video saying: “We are going to escort whore out the door.”
Sheheen immediately corrected himself: “We're going to escort her out the door.”
The crowd laughed and Sheheen grinned.
“Sometimes when you’re speaking five or 10 times a day, your words get a little bit garbled,” Sheheen said Monday. “When they get garbled, and it does happen to me, I go back and say exactly what I meant, and you heard in that clip that I meant her, h-e-r.”
Lawmakers work to keep Coast Guard helicopters
Lawmakers on opposite sides of the nation are working to keep U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopters stationed along their coasts.
South Carolina’s U.S. senators are working with Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon to keep the helicopters in place, The Post and Courier of Charleston reports.
The Coast Guard wants to remove rescue helicopters from Johns Island near Charleston and from Newport, Oregon, to save money.
South Carolina U.S. Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, have written the Coast Guard commandant criticizing the move.
The Coast Guard plans to move the helicopter based on Johns Island to Savannah, and then it will be transferred somewhere else.
That will leave three helicopters in Savannah, about 80 miles from Charleston, to participate in missions off the coast in an area from mid-Florida to the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.
The Coast Guard has said moving the helicopters will save the agency about $6 million a year.
When the Coast Guard announced the transfer of the Johns Island helicopter, it noted there has been a 43 percent drop in search and rescue missions during recent years.
DHEC gets $2.2 million grant from feds
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is receiving a grant of more than $2.2 million to provide services to mothers and children.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., announced the grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. Last month, the state received another grant of $4.6 million so DHEC could expand primary health-care services.
Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for this week, released Monday by her staff, includes no public activities.
According to her staff, Haley’s activities last week included: