The chairman of a conservative organization in South Carolina has died in a rock climbing accident.
Officials say Bill McAfee, who was recently named chairman of the South Carolina Club for Growth, died Monday afternoon after falling 30 feet off a rock face. The AP reports McAfee had been climbing in a popular area near Lake Lure, North Carolina.
McAfee took his position as chairman of the state Club for Growth in October. The 527 organization pushes for lower taxes, limited government, and less government spending.
Many Republican legislators keep an eye on their score in the agency’s report cards, as the group will target lawmakers they do not feel are truly conservative.
Outside of politics, McAfee ran WHM Capital Advisers, an investment banking group in Columbia. He was also a former Senior Vice President at First National Corporation.
He was 40 years old. He is survived by his wife and three children.