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Haley tweets about SC corruption probe consultants’ ‘wrath’

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster is sworn-in as governor Jan. 24 after Gov. Nikki Haley resigned to take an appointment as United Nations ambassador.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster is sworn-in as governor Jan. 24 after Gov. Nikki Haley resigned to take an appointment as United Nations ambassador. tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina’s former governor is out of state politics now, but she still waded into the latest controversy swirling around the State House.

Nikki Haley tweeted early Wednesday morning that she has experience with the “wrath” of Richard Quinn and Associates, the consulting firm under review by state investigators in an ongoing corruption probe.

“SC consultants will do Everything to maintain control and keep the money flowing,” Haley wrote.

Haley references the 2010 governor’s race when she defeated then-Attorney General, future governor and Quinn client Henry McMaster in a contested Republican primary.

Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, was indicted on Friday on charges of misusing campaign money for personal expenses, funds that were allegedly converted through transactions with the Quinn firm.

The Quinns have an extensive network of clients in state politics, including McMaster, the University of South Carolina, and the state Ports Authority.

Haley triumphed over U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in that same primary, and ultimately won the state’s highest office over state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in the general election.

Firm founder Richard Quinn said he had no memory of any particularly vicious incident during that 2010 campaign.

“We were representing her opponent, but he actively supported her in the run-off,” Quinn said of McMaster. “I really don’t know what the tweet is about.”

Haley also included McAlister Communications, another Republican Party strategist firm.

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