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Lt. Governor Candidate bemoans “politics of personal destruction”

June 5, 2010

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Joshua Gross




Lt. Governor Candidate bemoans “politics of personal destruction”

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – In response to the attacks on Bill Connor’s combat record leveled by Larry Richter on live television Friday, Bill Connor released the following statement:

“For a non-veteran to make slanderous statements about a combat veteran’s service is unconscionable, yet typical of the slimy South Carolina politics we have seen so evident this week. Today’s attack was similar in form and fashion to last night’s racist outburst from Senator Jake Knotts, only without the alcohol excuse.

“I don’t believe that it is a coincidence that Senator Knotts has endorsed Larry Richter in this race. I also don’t believe that it’s a coincidence that a desperate Larry Richter would choose to make these attacks only four days before the Republican primary.

“This kind of behavior has become sadly typical of members of the political class desperately trying to hold on to their power. We have reached a point where losing Establishment candidates will say or do anything to smear their opponents.  This must stop if we are to move our state forward.

“I call on the leadership of the Republican Party to join me in condemning these scurrilous negative attacks in no uncertain terms, and end the cycle of the politics of personal destruction in this state.  Lee Atwater repented of his style of politics before he died; his followers need to do the same.”

The comments were made on WMBF’s News This Week program, and can be seen at

Connor’s Officer Evaluation Reports from his time in Afghanistan are available on his website at

Video of a previous attack from Richter on the concept of combat leadership can be viewed at

Video of Richter trumpeting his endorsement of Senator Knotts can be viewed at

Bill Connor is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve who received the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service in combat as the senior American advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Bill is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to announce and file for South Carolina statewide office, and the only combat veteran running for Lt. Governor.   In addition to his Reserve duties, Bill serves as the Chairman of the Board of Orangeburg Christian Academy.  Bill is a graduate of the Citadel and USC Law School.

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