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Workers' Compensation commissioner has 'hunger' to keep job amidst accusations

Published: Mar. 24, 2016 at 2:35 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A state Workers' Compensation Commissioner is under fire as she tries to keep her job.

Susan Barden is trying for another term, but at a Senate hearing on Wednesday she was accused of not having the judicial temperament for the job.

One University of South Carolina law professor told senators Barden had engaged in what he called a "prolonged pattern of unethical conduct." Another lawyer handling the case of an injured state trooper accused Barden of slandering his client and leaving him without medical treatment.

Barden pointed to her 12 years on the Commission, calling herself a "workhorse."

"I believe this job requires a hunger. And I think I have that hunger. If I didn't still have it, I wouldn't be standing up here. I would've just let my term expire, I wouldn't ask to be reappointed," Barden said.

The subcommittee took almost three hours of testimony. The matter moves to the full Judiciary Committee in about two weeks.

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