Politics & Government

Bryant opens campaign account for SC governor. But is he running?


S.C. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant has opened a campaign account as a candidate for governor, he told The State Wednesday. However, the Anderson Republican said he has not decided whether he will run.

Bryant said he made the decision to open the account after talking to state ethics officials who said he meets the definition of a candidate because he is exploring a run for governor. He said he deposited $25 in the account.

Bryant has raised more than $100,000 to run for lieutenant governor since taking office in January. That fundraising — to run a race scheduled not to exist next year, when the governor and the lieutenant governor run on the same ticket — has raised questions. But, last week, ethics officials said Bryant’s fundraising was lawful.

Bryant said he will close his lieutenant governor’s campaign account if he decides to run for governor.

Three Republicans already are running for their party’s nomination for governor — Gov. Henry McMaster, former DHEC head Catherine Templeton and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill.