Ex-GOP chiefs back McMaster

Henry McMaster

ROBERT GIROUX

Six former chairs of the Charleston County Republican Party are backing S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster for governor.

Two said they are backing him because they see him as having the best chance at getting things done.

Mark Hartley, whose years as county chairman closely corresponded with McMaster's tenure as chair of the South Carolina GOP, said, "Henry has had an ability for so many years to work with a diverse group of people."

Cyndi Mosteller, another former chair, said McMaster has the best chance to enact an Arizona-type law on illegal immigration and to stop the national health care reform.

She applauded his work as attorney general on pursuing a grand jury for environmental crimes, for pursuing Internet predators and putting more emphasis on domestic violence.

Former county chairs Samm McConnell, Linda Butler Johnson, Ruth Glover and Don Gibson also will throw their support behind McMaster. Hartley said they represent everyone who has held the post since 1983, with the exception of the late Nancy Hawk.

The six are expected to attend a news conference at 1:15 p.m. today in Mount Pleasant.

McMaster faces Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and state Rep. Nikki Haley in the June 8 GOP primary.

Reach Robert Behre at 37-5771 or rbehre@postandcourier.com.