Three former S.C. Department of Commerce secretaries – Joe Taylor, Bob Faith, and Charlie Way – endorsed Republican Pat McKinney’s 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor.
They all touted the Charleston developer's business experience for the post with main responsibilities of overseeing the Office of Aging and presiding over the senate.
"I have known and worked with Pat McKinney for many years and there is no one I would trust more in a position of leadership," Charles Way said in a statement. "We need more leaders in Columbia who understand the importance of protecting our existing businesses, while constantly working to recruit new ones."
McKinney, who retired recently as a managing partner of Kiawah Partners, is an ally of Gov. Nikki Haley.
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Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell said this week will take the Thanksgiving holiday to decide whether to run or pursue the College of Charleston president's post. State Rep. Bakari Sellers is the only Democrat who said he is running for the seat.
This is the last race where the S.C. lieutenant governor will run alone. The governor will run with a lieutenant governor starting in 2018.