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Top SC Lawyer Runs for Governor to Bust 'Corruption, Waste, Self-Interest'

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 11:30 AM

A political novice who says she's disgusted by "good ol' boy system" in South Carolina government has thrown her hat in the ring to run for governor.

Catherine Templeton — a union-fighting labor lawyer and blonde-haired mother of three who has never run for public office — will face Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in the 2018 GOP primary.

"I have never run for office, and I won't run for the next one, but I can't unsee what I saw in Columbia [South Carolina's state capitol]," Templeton said in a statement to the Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston.

Citing the state's "corruption, waste, self-interest, and good ol' boy system," she added: "Right now is the time to send someone with practical experience running a business, making a home, and reforming government to call balls and strikes and do the math in Columbia. We can't wait another decade to get started."

Now working as commissioner of the Palmetto State's Department of Health and Environmental Control, Templeton said she's told not afraid of rabble-rousing to improve government.

"I get into trouble because I'm honest. I think there's a lot of political innuendo out there about me, and that's not fair. I don't play by Columbia's rules," she told the newspaper.

"If you want to do a good job for the citizens of South Carolina, as opposed to what makes you happy when you walk through the Statehouse, you're going to take some heat for it," she said.

Templeton is one of three Republicans fundraising for the governor's race. She was reportedly once considered for President Donald Trump's cabinet as Labor Secretary.

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