Palmetto Sunrise: Lt. Governor candidate holds press conference on Gov's race

Lieutenant governor hopeful Henry McMaster denounced a campaign ad that criticizes Gov. Nikki Haley's administration for its handling of a hacking incident at the Department of Revenue.

COLUMBIA - Republican lieutenant governor candidate Henry McMaster held a press conference on Thursday to defend Gov. Nikki Haley's administration response when hackers infiltrated the Department of Revenue's computer system two years ago.

McMaster said he didn't like Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen's latest ad that criticizes Haley's administration for waiting two weeks to tell the public that their private information may have been exposed by hackers. The ad, McMaster said, is inaccurate because it left out the "whole essence" of why Haley held back information for two weeks.

"She did so at the request of law enforcement and that's exactly what she should have done," McMaster said. "To have done other than what she did would have been irresponsible."

McMaster, who faces Democrat Bakari Sellers in November, was one of several GOP primary challengers Haley defeated in 2010 on her way to the governor's mansion. After the primary, he threw his support behind Haley. On Thursday, he said he would have held a press conference on the ad, whether he was running for office or not.

"When I saw the ad, I didn't like it," McMaster said. "A negative ad is one thing. An inaccurate ad is another thing. And I don't like either one."

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