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March 3, 2014

BUZZ: Garry Baum, State Sen. Joel Lourie’s brother-in-law, says he is consulting with lawyers

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COLUMBIA -- Richland County’s former deputy director of elections said Monday he is consulting with lawyers after reviewing comments made last week that he did not know his job or that he was responsible for voting machines that ran out of power in the county’s notorious 2012 election.

Garry Baum issued his first statement since being asked to involuntarily resign from the elections office in September.

Baum said he was “outraged” that former director Howard Jackson insinuated that Baum’s family relationship with Sen. Joel Lourie was one reason Jackson was fired. Baum and Lourie are brothers-in-law.

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