I do not want to be Henry McMaster’s friend. And I sure as hell don’t want to be his drinking buddy, which is saying something because I’ll let almost anybody buy me a drink. Even Jim DeMint.

OK. Especially Jim DeMint. Just to see the junior senator give a little something back to one of his constituents for a change.

Not only was Henry McMaster a member of an all-white country club, but he has vowed to waste taxpayer money. Well, he didn’t say it like that, but that’s what he means. Here’s what I said in a previous post:

You may not remember Darla Wynne, the Wiccan who sued the town of Great Falls, S.C., over the invocation that began each town council meeting, but S.C. Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Henry McMaster does.

And according to a new video from the McMaster campaign, the AG would take on folks like Wynne, the ACLU, and anybody else who thinks that the separation of church and state should, well, stay a separation.

Even worse, McMaster doesn’t seem to mind that any such defense would be a waste of taxpayer money, based on the Wynne case and the recent “I Believe” license plate ruling. He simply wants your vote in the Republican primary.

Well, Henry’s vow to waste taxpayer money hasn’t stopped the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers (SCAT) from naming him a “Friend of the Taxpayer,” according to a McMaster campaign press release out today.

Here’s what SCAT has to say:

Attorney General Henry McMaster was honored today as a “Friend of the Taxpayer” by the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers (SCAT) for his leadership in fighting to protect state taxpayers. SCAT president Don Weaver presented Attorney General McMaster with an award at its 14th Annual Legislative Luncheon in Columbia.

“We have Attorney General Henry McMaster to thank for delivering the most important legal victory for taxpayers in the last 25 years,” said SCAT’s Weaver. “Because of his leadership, the wasteful and abusive legislative practice of ‘bob-tailing’ no longer exists.”

Weaver also pointed to McMaster’s efforts to organize and lead a bi-partisan group of state attorneys general in challenging the constitutionality of the “Cornhusker Kickback.” The Kickback was a deal given to Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) to secure the final vote for passage of President Obama’s health care legislation and would have forced South Carolina taxpayers to cover the cost of Nebraska’s new Medicaid enrollees.

That’s all well and good, Mac, but you can’t have it both ways. A true friend of the taxpayer doesn’t want to waste taxpayer dollars under any circumstances.