Seems like S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick, a Republican candidate for state superintendent of education, has a bit of legal and marital trouble.
The (Hilton Head) Island Packet reports that Patrick's divorce case is revealing problems for the former U.S. Secret Service agent:
A divorce case involving Hilton Head Island Rep. Andy Patrick paints a picture of a politician who spent beyond his means, whose four children are on food stamps and Medicaid, and who now lives outside of his district in a fellow legislator’s guest house.
Patrick, who recently announced he is running for state superintendent of education, also figures in a lawsuit that alleges he took for himself money that a relative intended to be used for a down payment on a home in Spanish Wells for Patrick and his wife, Amee. Patrick also “cheated (a former business partner) out of monies due,” ultimately having to settle for about $35,000 to avoid a lawsuit, according to an affidavit from Amee Patrick and interviews with two other people familiar with the situation.
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Andy Patrick declined to be interviewed for this story. He said an interview might be possible on Thursday, after a hearing in Family Court.
His lawyer, Norman D. Brannon, a fellow House of Representatives member from Spartanburg, said claims in Amee Patrick’s affidavit are “crap”; that Andy Patrick can’t live in a home in the district because Amee Patrick removed all the furnishings from it; and that he is “an incredibly caring and loving father.”
The Patricks separated in May 2013. Documents on the divorce case are in a closed file in the Family Court clerk’s office in Beaufort. Family Court Judge Peter Fuge said he sealed the file — an unusual measure — during a July 2013 hearing at the request of Patrick’s lawyer and with the consent of a lawyer then representing Amee Patrick. Amee Patrick did not participate in the hearing, says she did not want the file sealed then and wants it open now.