COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Democrats now want Gov. Henry McMaster to suspend Attorney General Alan Wilson after the attorney general refused to resign despite a report which indicated possible collusion between himself and a man whose firm is under state investigation.
State Democrats said in a statement that it's McMaster's job to suspend Wilson until the probe into Richard Quinn and Associates, a high-powered political consulting firm that has aided in Wilson's attorney general campaigns, was completed.
"The Constitution clearly outlines what our Republican Governor's duty is when cases of misconduct are discovered. When the Republican Attorney General sought the advice of and shared information with Richard Quinn, the potential target of the corruption probe – it became a case of neglect of duty and potential misconduct – Alan Wilson should be removed by the Governor until this is resolved."
Democrats say Article VI, Section 9 of the state Constitution backs up their wishes. That section details the removal of state officers for "incapacity, misconduct, or neglect of duty."
The Post and Courier said e-mails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed Wilson communicated with Quinn to discuss the ongoing probe and First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe's investigation.
Although the governor's office has not released a statement, Wilson's father, Representative Joe Wilson said the report on the emails was misleading.
"He was contacting him on a prior investigation, actually. And then the great thing is, that I have faith in Alan Wilson. He is the person of the highest integrity and I just know that he has a devotion to public service and the people of South Carolina," Rep. Wilson said.
AG Wilson said in a statement that the Democratic Party's statement is "laughable and ridiculous."