McKinney touts Warren ahead of Jun. 26 runoff

McKinney touts Warren ahead of Jun. 26 runoff
June 18 22:14 2018 Print This Article

Lieutenant Governor candidate Pat McKinney spoke to the Charleston County Republican Party leaders Monday, touting his running mate John Warren ahead of the June 26 runoff election against Governor Henry McMaster. McKinney was appointed to the State Ports Authority (SPA) board in 2011 by former Governor Nikki Haley and later served as Chairman. He asked the board to terminate a consulting contract with Richard Quinn and Associates, the firm at the center of a statewide corruption probe, in 2017. The board voted to terminate the contract, and longtime Quinn client McMaster promptly removed McKinney from the board.

McKinney said, “John Warren has the vision to lead the state of South Carolina. We’re running against the lobbyists and entrenched special interests, and they don’t care about you!” McKinney sees a lot of similarities between Warren and President Donald Trump, citing his background as a political outsider, an entrepreneur and a courageous leader. Warren led more than 300 combat missions in Iraq as a Marine infantry officer. When he returned to his native Greenville, he founded Lima One Capital, which loans money to real estate investors and now has more than $1 Billion in capital investment.

Referring to McMaster’s campaign ads, McKinney noted that not everything is going well in South Carolina. He said, “Our roads are crumbling, and we’re last in education.” He said that Warren learned from Boeing officials that the North Charleston aircraft manufacturer has to interview 26 local candidates to find one qualified applicant and that Warren will place more emphasis on vocational education to make our students qualified for the jobs in demand.

Absentee voting is already underway for the June 26 runoff at county election offices, and the regular polling places will be open on June 26 from 7 am to 7 pm. The winner will take on Democrat nominee James Smith, a State Representative, in November. McMaster and Warren topped Catherine Templeton (former state agency director), current Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant and former Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill in the June 12 primary race. Templeton and Bryant endorsed Warren two days later.