Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster spoke publicly for the first time Friday since Gov. Nikki Haley’s nomination as US Ambassador to the United Nations. If, as expected, the US Senate confirms Haley as ambassador then McMaster will become South Carolina’s 117th governor.
After a South Carolina Military Base Task Force meeting in Columbia, McMaster told reporters he is working on the transition. “Gov. Haley’s staff and my staff have been meeting. There have been a lot of conversations. I have been talking, meeting with Gov. Haley and will continue to do that,” he said.
McMaster predicted the change in administration will go seamlessly. “When she becomes ambassador, UN Ambassador Haley, we will have a very smooth transition,” said McMaster. Some of Haley’s staff have links to McMaster, particularly Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Godfrey. Godfrey was McMaster’s spokesman during an unsuccessful 2010 run for governor.
The spotlight started to shine on the role of lieutenant governor when Haley was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to the UN post.
McMaster declined to say anything about what his any of his priorities will be once in the governor’s office. “Much work to be done. No state has more opportunities than ours,” said McMaster. “We will make progress, great progress.”