COLUMBIA -- Special prosecutor David Pascoe may be on the verge of doing what no other S.C. Democrat has been able to do in two decades – bringing down the S.C. GOP.
S.C. Democrats say Pascoe’s State House corruption probe, which on Thursday announced the indictment of a third powerful GOP lawmaker, could kickstart their revival after years of political futility.
They see parallels between the Calhoun Democrat’s investigation and Operation Lost Trust, a legislative vote-buying scandal in the early 1990s that ensnared 17 lawmakers – mostly Democrats – and helped the Republican Party take control of the Palmetto State.
“The potential is great to really overturn the apple cart here and start to build something new,” said outgoing S.C. Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison. “I hope the next chair of the party – and I will certainly help with this – will focus on a message of changing the culture of corruption in South Carolina.”