Story compiled by Jacob Levy, SCRN
Republicans for governor all promise to focus their efforts on economic development. A majority of them evoke the example of the late-governor Carroll Campbell — as how a governor should recruit industry. Campbell’s name came up throughout last week’s GOP debate for governor.
Lt. Governor Andre Bauer says he wants to emulate Campbell’s work ethic. “He came from mere beginnings, he worked his way up. He served in the general assembly then he served as the governor of this state, but he worked his way up. He served in many different branches of government which gave him an unbelievable background. But more than that he took business sense when he sat down with companies. He took a business approach when he travelled the world and made us number one in job creation,” says Bauer.
Attorney General Henry McMaster says Campbell had the right focus. “When he went into his office, the question he asked every day is, ‘What can I do for business in South Carolina? What can we do?’ And he made calls, he had meetings, he was aggressive about it, and it made an enormous difference for all of us,” says McMaster.
Congressman Gresham Barrett says Campbell is his idol: “My idol, my go-to guy,my dream of a governor has always been Carroll Campbell. And the reason why is: Governor Campbell took this state with a democrat house, and a democrat senate, and accomplished things that have never been accomplished before, or since.”
Republicans for governor made these comments during their first debate held last week at the Newberry Opera House.
With the state’s unemployment rate being one of the worst in the nation, candidates from both parties are putting economic development high on their platforms.