Housand defends campaign flier with Sen. Tim Scott photo

Part of a campaign flier sent out by Republican sheriff’s candidate Marty Housand.

A candidate for Berkeley County sheriff apologized Tuesday for giving the impression that he is endorsed by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, an assumption some made after mailers with a photo of the two went out last week.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologize for any confusion about one of my campaign mailers that went out last week,” said Marty Housand, one of 14 Republican candidates for sheriff. “It was just a picture that I took with him at an event about a year ago.”

Housand’s campaign manager, Luke Byars of First Tuesday Strategies, said the photo was used “to showcase Marty’s deep Republican background. That was the only intent there.”

In response to inquiries, Scott posted on his Facebook page Tuesday, “My picture appears on his campaign piece. I am not and will not endorse him nor did I give him consent to use my image on his piece. I will not be endorsing any candidate for sheriff.”

Housand, a former state trooper who now owns an investigation company, has been a member of the Berkeley County Republican Party executive committee for at least six years, he said. He also was elected Saturday to serve as a county delegate to the state Republican convention.

Byars said it’s common for candidates to use photos of themselves with politicians on campaign materials, and points out that the flier does not say Scott endorses Housand.

Scott’s office did not immediately return calls for comment.

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