Templeton opens Mt. Pleasant office, declares Conservative Revolution

Templeton opens Mt. Pleasant office, declares Conservative Revolution
February 26 19:10 2018 Print This Article

Gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton cut the ribbon to her Mt. Pleasant campaign office with a buzzsaw, using a metaphor for what she wants to do to cut down the bureaucracy in our state government. Her Mt. Pleasant office office is located at the site of a former convenience store at 291 Johnny Dodds Boulevard. She termed her platform a Conservative Revolution.

Templeton, an attorney with a specialty in labor law, was brought in by former Governor Nikki Haley to head the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations. She entered state government at a time when the machinists union and Obama Administration wanted to shut down the North Charleston Boeing facility because of South Carolina’s status as a right-to-work state. During her tenure, the department reduced fixed costs by 25%. She later took the helm over the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and reduced its budget by $68 Million. She has received citations from the South Carolina Home Builder’s Association and the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance for her record of streamlining the state regulatory process.

Describing herself as a problem-solver, Templeton painted a picture of failure in state government, ranging from the worst performance in education, an expanding welfare state, the highest state utility rates, and a crumbling road system. While not mentioning Governor Henry McMaster, who got promoted to Governor when President Donald Trump nominated Haley as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, she said, “South Carolina can’t afford a 30-year entrenched career politician as Governor for a decade.”