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DHEC Commissioner Catherine Templeton. (File)

Former South Carolina labor department director Catherine Templeton confirmed to The Post and Courier this morning she is not the pick to be President Donald Trump's labor secretary.

"I was humbled to have been offered a position at the Department of Labor in December and I am flattered by all of the buzz, but South Carolina is my focus," she told the newspaper.

The Charleston attorney and 2018 gubernatorial candidate still plans to be alongside President Donald Trump on Friday during his visit to the Boeing plant in North Charleston.

"I will be at the Boeing roll out tomorrow and I'm looking forward to hearing from President Trump," she also said.

News outlets are reporting that Trump will announce his new labor nominee after noon today.

Trump is looking for a new labor secretary after Andy Puzder, chief executive of the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains, withdrew his name Wednesday after controversies over employing an undocumented immigrant as a maid and a spousal abuse allegation.

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 Templeton spent a little more than a year running the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation under Gov. Nikki Haley before becoming director at the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. She was known for overhauling the agencies.

Andy Shain contributed to this report.

Political Editor

Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.

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