scdems.jpg

The S.C. Democratic Party held a press conference yesterday to accuse state GOP leaders of hiring their campaign supporters at high salaries with little scrutiny. Their conclusion? It’s good to be a Republican in South Carolina.

According to documents revealed by the SCDP, several high-ranking appointees in Columbia — including Tim Pearson, Gov. Nikki Haley’s chief of staff — had weak resumés or declined to fill in certain segments of their job applications. Rebecca Schimsa, Pearson’s assistant, has a sparse work history that includes a sales job at the Banana Republic in Mt. Pleasant.

The final slide of a PowerPoint presentation on their findings notes that, among the so-called “Republican cronies” featured in the report, the average age is 27.5 and the average income is $77,250. Class warfare much?

Draw your own conclusions by checking out the slideshow.

In other dirt-digging news, Dick Harpootlian and the Democrats still have “a couple of 20-year-old kids” combing through Lt. Gov. Ken Ard’s campaign finance records for discrepancies. Spokesperson Amanda Loveday says we can expect more findings around Sept. 2.


Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.