President Donald J. Trump will be in Greenville on Monday, Oct. 16, to raise money for Gov. Henry McMaster in his bid to win the 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary.
The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center. Tickets cost $250 per person.
McMaster ran for the governor’s office in 2010, but lost in the GOP primary to Nikki Haley, a largely unknown statewide entity with the Mark Sanford seal of approval. Haley eventually won in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.
Previously the state’s attorney general, McMaster ran for the position of lieutenant governor and won in 2014.
An early supporter of Trump, then-Lt. Gov. McMaster became governor after the president appointed Haley the United States ambassador to the United Nations. With Haley moving on to more prestigious pastures, McMaster assumed the office of governor.
McMaster faces former South Carolina Secretary of Labor, DHEC director, and union foe Catherine Templeton; former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill; current Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant; and state Rep. James E. Smith Jr. of District 72. Smith is the first Democratic challenger to enter the race.
Both Bryant and McGill were named lieutenant governors after temporarily taking the job of Senate president pro tempore, a position that was, and is now, held by the power Pee Dee Republican Hugh Leatherman.
According to state law, the Senate president pro temp becomes the lite gov when the office is vacated. As the most powerful person at the Statehouse, Leatherman didn’t want to vacate his tony position.
When asked to comment about McMaster’s desire to bring in the POTUS to give the governor a campaign boost, Templeton said, “I have tremendous respect for President Trump, and am not at all surprised that he is helping someone who endorsed him so early in the primary. I’d probably do the same thing.
“As the only political outsider in this race, I will break China in Columbia the way President Trump has drained the swamp in Washington,” Templeton added. “I value my relationship President Trump, welcome him to South Carolina, and look forward to working with him when I am governor.”