Bipartisan Coalition of Law Enforcement Officials Endorses McMaster for Re-election

September 28, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A bipartisan coalition of law enforcement officials and solicitors from across the state – including 32 sheriffs and 10 solicitors – today endorsed Governor Henry McMaster for re-election. Praising the governor’s record of partnering with law enforcement and prosecutors, the coalition pledged to fight alongside the governor for another term to keep communities and families safe.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said, “Governor McMaster’s experience as a prosecutor makes him the kind of uncommonly strong partner we can trust to help us do our jobs. From fighting for law enforcement protective gear to law enforcement pay raises, we could not ask for more from a governor, and that is why we support him in this campaign.”

This week, the governor announced his public safety priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Those priorities include:

  • Closing the revolving door for violent criminals.
  • Keeping illegal guns away from criminals and juveniles.
  • Reforming the magistrate process by raising qualifications, and making the process transparent and accountable.

Since taking office, the governor has made supporting law enforcement and public safety a focus. As governor, McMaster initiated a compensation analysis of all law enforcement positions at all state agencies. Based on the study’s recommendations, the latest budget provides $40 million in new dollars for law enforcement recruitment and retention pay raises, salary adjustments and additional benefits because these public servants deserve it.
The governor called for, and the General Assembly appropriated, $20 million to fund a body camera and protective vest grant program at the Department of Public Safety for local and county law enforcement agencies.

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said, “Unlike his opponent, Governor Henry McMaster has a proven record of standing beside law enforcement and putting criminals behind bars, as a former prosecutor. I’m proud to support Governor Henry McMaster.”
As violence in schools took the lives of students across the country, Governor McMaster acted to protect communities and schools.
Under the leadership of Gov. McMaster, South Carolina is putting Student Resource Officers in every school. The governor had the bold vision to use his 2018 State of the State address to call for SROs in every school, all day, every day. Since then, the number of SROs in schools has more than doubled: from an SRO in 406 out of the state’s 1,283 schools to 982.

“I am overwhelmed to have the support of the men and women in uniform who sacrifice each and every day as they protect communities across South Carolina,” said Gov. McMaster. “We owe them a debt of gratitude we can never truly repay. But what we can do is make sure they have what they need to do their jobs, and that is what I will always do as governor.”
Henry McMaster has unique insight into what makes the partnership between the state’s top executive and law enforcement work after having served as the most effective attorney general in South Carolina history.

As attorney general, Henry McMaster prosecuted violent criminals, including those who prey on children, and he put them in prison. He also established an innovative program in which he enlisted volunteer attorneys to prosecute domestic abusers, to help tackle the CDV backlog. The state’s conviction rate for domestic violence rose from 38% to 68% thanks to the vision and work of Attorney General McMaster. The attorney general also successfully prosecuted the largest white-collar securities fraud case – Carolina Investors/HomeGold – in state history, securing six indictments and six convictions.

Below is a full list of law enforcement officials who today endorsed the McMaster-Evette campaign:

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott
Horry County Sheriff Phillip E. Thompson
McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Stearns
Abbeville County Sheriff Ray Watson
Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley
Aiken County Sheriff Michael E. Hunt
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride
Barnwell County Sheriff Steven W. Griffith
Colleton County Sheriff Guerry Lee “Buddy” Hill
Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis
Saluda County Sheriff Joshua S. “Josh” Price
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright
Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers
Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly
Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight
Berkley County Sheriff Duane Lewis
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark
Beaufort County Sheriff PJ Tanner
Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery
Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace
15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy A. Richardson III
16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Kevin S. Brackett

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve  Mueller
Chester County Sheriff D. Max Dorsey
Edgefield County Sheriff Jody P. Rowland
Florence County Sheriff Thomas B. “TJ” Joye
Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile
Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds
Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw
Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan
Lexington County Sheriff Bryan “Jay” Koon
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson
2nd Judicial Circuit  Solicitor Bill Weeks
6th Judicial Circuit  Solicitor Randy E.  Newman Jr.
7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Barry J. Barnette
8th Judicial Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo
9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson
10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor David R. Wagner Jr.
11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard III
14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone III

10 Questions for Joe Cunningham

September 26, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC —  The McMaster-Evette campaign released the following top 10 list of questions for Joe Cunningham to answer. 

Happy Monday!

10: Joe Cunningham is from Kentucky. Is he a Louisville guy or a UK guy?

9: Joe Cunningham was named Charleston’s “Best Progressive.” Why doesn’t Joe brag about this award more often?

8: When Joe Cunningham ran for Congress, he promised not to take money from lobbyists. So why did he do it anyway?

7: What is Joe Cunningham’s position on the Biden college debt forgiveness scheme?

6: Joe Biden endorsed Joe Cunningham. Joe Cunningham endorsed Joe Biden. Why doesn’t he consider it part of his job to defend Joe Biden, his fellow Democrat and the leader of his own party?

5: Joe Cunningham voted with Nancy Pelosi 88 percent of the time in Congress. What was his favorite vote?

4: Why didn’t Joe Cunningham appear with Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited South Carolina last week?

3: Once and for all: What is Joe Cunningham’s position on the Biden inflation law?

2: TikTok or Reels?

1: Where in the world are Joe Cunningham’s tax returns?

Where is Joe Cunningham?

September 20, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — Vice President Kamala Harris visits South Carolina today,
and there is all the reason in the world to expect Democrats to celebrate her

After all, she is the second most powerful and famous Democrat in the country –
and she has a brand new Biden inflation law to brag about, among other issues
to discuss.

So, what time will she appear with Democratic nominee for governor Joe
Cunningham? Good question. The Biden Administration candidate for governor
has been dead silent about what his plans are for the vice president’s visit.

“Even though he endorsed Biden, not long after embracing an endorsement
from Biden, Joe Cunningham consistently runs and hides from questions about
disastrous Biden policies,” said McMaster-Evette campaign manager Mark
Knoop. “But today’s question should be easier. With the vice president in town:
where is Joe?”

As VP Harris Visits, Does Joe Cunningham Agree with Joe Biden?

September 19, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — Joe Cunningham, endorsed by Joe Biden, and President
Biden, endorsed by Joe Cunningham, have both had a hard time taking a clear
position on the Biden Administration’s inflation law. As Vice President Kamala
Harris visits South Carolina, will Joe Cunningham appear with Vice President
Harris and finally take a position?

Neither of them can get on message.

Last week, President Joe Biden celebrated the new inflation law as “the single
most important legislation passed in Congress to combat inflation.”

But last night, under questioning from a 60 Minutes reporter, the president
essentially admitted the law is not doing anything about inflation.

As the 60 Minutes anchor said, “It’s the highest rate, Mr. President, in 40

Joe Cunningham has not been any clearer about his position on the Biden
inflation law. The Democrat nominee for governor has evaded questions about
where he stands for weeks.

According to one report: “Cunningham did not take a stance on the federal
legislation touted by the Biden administration and Democrats in Washington.”
(The State, 9/11/2022)

According to another: “Cunningham did not say whether he would have voted
for the measure if he were still in Congress…” (The State, 8/12/2022)

“Joe Biden thinks, despite record inflation, his signature law is working, but Joe
Cunningham continues to dodge the question,” said McMaster-Evette
campaign manager Mark Knoop. “As Vice President Kamala Harris visits South
Carolina, let’s put it to him again. Does Joe Cunningham believe the Inflation
Reduction Act is a good policy? Does he believe it is working? Will he visit with
the Vice President in South Carolina to discuss the law?”

McMaster-Evette Campaign Calls on Joe Cunningham to Swiftly Release
Tax Returns

September 15, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — Governor Henry McMaster on Thursday released tax
returns to members of the media. Release of these returns keeps up the
tradition of the governor, and major party candidates for the state’s highest
office, showing voters what they do for a living and how they support their
families. The governor previously released tax returns dating all the way back
to 2000 – an unprecedented level of transparency.

In the wake of the governor’s release, the McMaster-Evette campaign called on
Joe Cunningham to swiftly release his tax returns for each year dating back to
his initial announcement for public office in 2017. Cunningham owes it to voters
to detail for them what he has done for a living before and after serving one
term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Voters deserve to know who pays candidates for governor and what they pay
them for,” said McMaster-Evette campaign manager Mark Knoop. “From what
most people can tell, Joe Cunningham’s only job for a number of years now has
been as a full-time political candidate.”

“Joe Cunningham has said he will release his tax returns as soon as they are
ready. In order to demonstrate to voters precisely who pays him, Joe
Cunningham should quickly release tax returns and the actual sources of his
income so he can prove to the people of South Carolina that he has no conflicts
of interest when it comes to the things he advocates for as a candidate and
what, precisely, he is being paid to do in any professional capacity,” said

McMaster-Evette Campaign Statement on Dr. Fauci

August 22, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — The McMaster-Evette Campaign released the following
statement on Dr. Fauci’s retirement:

“Dr. Fauci has done more damage to American children and to the people’s
faith in the American public health system than almost anyone in our nation’s
history. What should be scary to every South Carolinian is that if Joe
Cunningham was governor, each and every recommendation he made would
have been put into place in South Carolina. Our businesses would have been
shut down, our students left stranded, and our economy shattered – that’s the
future we’re looking at with Joe as governor.”

Joe Cunningham is Lying to Voters

June 29, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — During a news conference this week,
Congressman Cunningham claimed: “If Henry McMaster is re-elected, those
victims will be forced to carry that pregnancy to term. And if that woman still
decides to get an abortion, she would be tried for murder. That means that in
Henry McMaster’s South Carolina, her rapist would serve less time than she

That is a lie.

According to Section 44-41-730 of the Heartbeat Bill: “A pregnant woman on
whom an abortion is performed or induced in violation of this article may not be
criminally prosecuted for violating any of the provisions of this article or for
attempting to commit, conspiring to commit, or acting complicitly in committing
a violation of any of the provisions of the article and is not subject to a civil or
criminal penalty based on the abortion being performed or induced in violation
of any of the provisions of this article.”

Now, Congressman Cunningham is being called out.


Why is Congressman Cunningham lying?

To hide his own radical record from voters. Congressman Cunningham said he
wants to “codify Roe”, which would remove all restrictions on abortion.
During a subsequent interview, Congressman Cunningham quickly backtracked
and promoted a 20-week limit on abortions. His abrupt, new, radical abortion
position is still more extreme than nearly all European nations, which ban
abortion after 15 weeks or less.

Congressman Cunningham has promised voters that he will give them
something that they’re “not used to hearing; the truth”. In the short time that
he’s been the Democratic nominee, he has proven to be just another run-of-the-mill politician who will say or do anything to get elected including,
apparently, flat-out lying.

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