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State House meetings this weekAgenda Agenda Agenda
A pair of meetings were canceled:
(Note: Meeting days, times and locations are subject to change.)
Gov. Nikki Haley's scheduleher K-12 education reform initiative
See more of her schedule this week.
Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, finally made the big decision South Carolina politicos had waited for:
Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell finally decided on what he knew all along in his heart: If he were offered the president’s job at the College of Charleston, he would accept.
That meant giving up a 2014 election run for the state’s No. 2 job and ending a 33-year career in state politics in the hopes of taking over his alma mater.
“The thing that really nagged at me is that I did not want to ask money and votes and, then, I would be offered the office (of president) because I knew I would take it,” the Charleston Republican said Monday after announcing his decision. “That would be like jumping ship. I knew I needed to get out.”
State political leaders showered McConnell with appreciation after three-plus decades in state office. From 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.”
And at least one Republican said he would be interested in running for lieutenant governor with McConnell stepping aside:
Mike Campbell, son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, says he is considering a run for the state's No. 2 position.
"It’s something I’m definitely giving some consideration to," Campbell said. "I feel like we still have a pretty solid state network and statewide base that if it was something we decided to pull the trigger on that there would be some support that would still be out there."
Campbell ran for lieutenant governor in 2006, where he won 45 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. But Campbell lost two weeks later in a runoff to Andre Bauer, who would go on to serve two terms as the state's lieutenant governor.
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