GREENVILLE — Pamela Evette sat down with The Post and Courier for a short interview Tuesday after Gov. Henry McMaster announced the Travelers Rest businesswoman as his running mate next year. She is president and CEO of Quality Business Solutions.
What made you go into politics?
My dad was a first-generation American. My grandparents all came here from Poland. A sense of giving back was just part of who we were. My dad made it clear to us growing up — the sacrifices of our grandparents, leaving everything they had, coming here, having to learn a new language. They did that all to give us a better life and that’s the kind of pay it forward you have to have.
How long have you been in politics?
I have loved and enjoyed politics all of my life. I really came on as a (Donald) Trump supporter because I like the fact he was going to bring a whole different perspective to running the country. I was a Trump girl in the primary and all the way down to the election, and I’m still a Trump girl.
You said in your speech you and McMaster have a complementary skill set. What is that?
Most of my experience comes from business. A lot of Henry’s experience comes from the political world. We complement each other well. We deal with a broad range of clients in a lot of industries, so I, from a business perspective, have heard what has stagnated their growth, what’s made it harder for them to offer better benefits and raise wages.
How do you see your role as lieutenant governor?
I think we would work very much like the president and vice president to assist Henry in anything he needed. (McMaster said she could have a role in economic development.)
Why did you move to South Carolina in 2005?
When we initially started the business, we had an idea. I was living up north (in Ohio). David (her husband) was in South Carolina. We were going to grow and meet in the middle, but South Carolina took off in the beginning. It kept expanding in a circle right here, so that’s what brought the business to be home-based here in Travelers Rest.