Herlong the ethical choice for AG

Herlong the ethical choice for AG
June 07 17:33 2018 Print This Article

Lowcountry Source  supports Greenville attorney William Herlong for South Carolina Attorney General. Incumbent Alan Wilson is running for a third term and has some ethical challenges and conflicts of interest in the ongoing statewide corruption investigation. Wilson tried to remove special prosecutor David Pascoe in 2014 from the grand jury investigation conducting the statewide corruption probe.  The probe remained dormant until the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in July 2016 that Pascoe’s termination was unlawful. Subsequently, State Representatives Jim Merrill and Rick Quinn and State Senator John Courson have pleaded guilty to ethics charges.

South Carolina Club for Growth, a conservative non-profit group, has launched a blistering series of tv and radio ads under the heading, “Who does Alan Wilson work for?” At the center of the campaign is Wilson’s close ties to Columbia political consultant and lobbyist Richard Quinn and his company Richard Quinn and Associates. Quinn’s son, State Representative Rick Quinn was charged with not reporting $4.5 Million in consulting and mailing fees on his campaign disclosure reports. He was also charged with using his elected position to lobby on behalf of clients. The younger Quinn later resigned from office, entered a guilty plea on a more minor charge and was only sentenced to a $1000 fine, community service and probation.

Wilson paid Richard Quinn and Associates more than $500,000 in his 2010 and 2014 campaigns, even though he ran unopposed in 2014. Even after his conflict of interest with the firm was revealed to the pubic in late 2014, he has paid the firm and Quinn’s daughter’s company Spring Strategies $117,000 for what Wilson calls “book-keeping services.”

Herlong has practiced law for 32 years and has headed his own firm for the past 13. He has vast expertise and trial experience in corporate law as both a plaintiff’s and defense attorney. He wants to make greater use of the state grand jury system to go after gang violence, illegal immigration and domestic abuse. Herlong has pledged to serve no more than two terms and says he will not seek higher office.


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  1. June 08, 18:20 #1 Brenda Lopez Stewart

    I find it strange that you spend 85% of your endorsement of a candidate talking about why not the incumbent (including things that are misleading) and only one small paragraph about the candidate you support. Herlong’s trial experience is NOT as a prosecutor and he also doesn’t seem to understand the real purpose of the grand jury which is used for complex multi-jurisdictional cases.

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