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McMaster says Rick Quinn "Best Candidate" for Treasurer
June 6, 2006

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2006
Contact: Brad Henry

Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina's Republican attorney general has issued an opinion. He says Rick Quinn is the best qualified candidate for State Treasurer.

Attorney General Henry McMaster endorsed Quinn for State Treasurer at a press conference in Columbia Monday afternoon, citing Quinn's record of getting things done in the General Assembly.  "All the candidates for State Treasurer are conservatives," McMaster said, "but Rick Quinn is the one with a proven record of leadership on key conservative reform issues."
Quinn, former Republican majority leader, was the original co-author of the Quinn-Sheheen plan for property tax relief, similar to the version that finally passed the General Assembly last week.  "Rick didn't just vote right or say the right things," McMaster said.  "He actually started the movement for property tax relief that will eventually become law," McMaster said.  "He was also chosen by his peers to serve as majority leader for five years.  He chaired budget-writing committees on healthcare, Medicaid and law enforcement.  No other candidate an match his record of proven conservative leadership," McMaster said.

McMaster cited Quinn's ability to "build a consensus for change" as the major reason for his endorsement.  "Rick was floor leader for the bill that gave a homestead exemption to seniors," McMaster said.  "He also succeeded in forcing state budget officials to invest retirement funds to get a better return for taxpayers.  And he was floor leader for a tax cut that still holds the record as the largest in state history  That's why Rick was named 'Friend of the Taxpayer' by the S.C. Association of Taxpayers, not once, not twice, but ten times, more than any other legislator in history."

McMaster said we have too much confrontation in government today and not enough cooperation.  "If you want to get things done, you've got to have the ability to bring people together and build a consensus," McMaster said.  "Confrontation works in football and maybe in political campaigns, but in government, it takes a consensus to cross the goal line.  It takes a quality called leadership and Rick Quinn has it."

Quinn said he was "humbled" by McMaster's endorsement.  "I'm running this campaign against incredible odds," Quinn said.  "Two of my opponents have spent well over two million dollars in personal funds on an unprecedented blitz of TV commercials.  All I can say today is I am honored to have the best attorney general in the nation by my side."

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