South Carolina’s New Lt. Governor, Leatherman Re-Elected Senate Pro Tem.

Legislators Nominate Senator Peeler in Objection to Leatherman

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- A day of elections at the State House Wednesday.

Anderson Republican Kevin Bryant was sworn in as lieutenant governor but filling the powerful seat of senate president pro tempore was met with some objection.

Senator Hugh Leatherman, was sworn in again after  resigning from that same position just last night. Some legislators say the way Leatherman was re-elected is an example of politicians not playing by the rules.

“What we’ve done is a pretty shameless attempt to move the chairs around in order to save somebody and I wasn’t going to participate in it,” said Edgefield Republican Shane Massey.

Senator Massey took to the senate floor to elect Senator Harvey Peeler into the pro tem position instead.
The efforts of Massey and other senators would not prevail. Leatherman won the full senate over with a vote of 28 to 16. Both Peeler and Massey said they have no hard feelings about Leatherman’s win.

“He’s a friend of mine. I just think from the demands of the constitution that he should not have been re-elected pro tem. But he was and we’ll move on,” said Cherokee Republican Harvey Peeler.
“He and I spoke afterwards, so I think we’re going to be fine. Personally, I just disagree with what went down and he knows that. we’ll be okay. We’re both big boys,” said Massey.
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