Governor Suspends Columbia City Councilman


Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order Monday suspending Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah.

According to the order, Baddourah’s arrest for Second Degree Domestic Violence is a crime of “moral turpitude” and therefore he will remain suspended until he is acquitted.

Baddourah released a statement Monday evening which reads in part,  “It’s troubling that the Governor would suspend a public official for an alleged misdemeanor without a conviction. It’s hard to see how this serves the public interest, as it leaves the people of District 3 without representation on City Council.

“It’s important to remember that at no point prior to the indictment or the suspension order have we been given an opportunity to present our case or any evidence. Once given a chance to defend myself, I’m confident that the facts will support my innocence.”

In July of 2016, Moe Baddourah was arrested after a confrontation with his wife in a restaurant parking lot.