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Chairman Harrison: Comptroller Eckstrom’s Comments are Ignorant & Offensive

May 01, 2014

SCDP Chairman Jaime Harrison released this statement today in response to Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s offensive and ignorant comments about South Carolina State University:

“The disgusting and ignorant comments by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom regarding South Carolina State University today are offensive to the school, her students and alumni.

“As Comptroller General and a member of the SC Budget and Control Board, one would hope Mr. Eckstrom could appreciate the significant economic impact the University has on the community in my hometown of Orangeburg. As a leader in South Carolina, one would also expect he would show some understanding of the history this state has with segregation. Perhaps Mr. Eckstrom is also unaware that SC State University has produced 14 military generals and is the celebrated and much beloved alma mater of successful leaders like former House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and former SC Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ernest Finney.

“Whether Mr. Eckstrom’s remarks were made from ignorance or whether from malice makes no difference — they do not meet the standard South Carolinians deserve from elected officials.

“I call on Mr. Eckstrom to apologize for his statements. I urge my counterpart, the Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, to condemn such inappropriate and insensitive comments as well. And I challenge Mr. Eckstrom to tour the South Carolina State University Campus to see the positive things that are happening, allow him to meet with the bright and loyal Bulldog Nation, and give him a chance to apologize for his remarks in person.”

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