Pro-Haley ad drawing fire from right
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- A campaign ad for Gov. Nikki Haley is drawing criticism from members of her own party, including a former attorney general. The ad is sponsored by the National Republican Governors Association.
Charlie Condon said he's hoping Haley reconsiders the idea of running the television ad that criticizes her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.
The ad states the Sheheen protects criminals and made money from them, but his job is as a criminal defense attorney.
South Carolina's former chief prosecutor used Twitter to condemn the ad, saying "the anti-lawyer ad is beneath Governor Haley and her campaign. I hope she takes it down."
Condon is also a Republican.
He said he still supports the governor, but thinks the TV ad hurts the legal profession and the Constitution.
"It's in the Sixth Amendment that you're entitled to the assistance of counsel in a criminal case, and Gov. Haley was sworn to uphold our Constitution. And I'm sure that if she were to think it through maybe a bit more, that she would agree with me," he said.
Condon's comments were also picked up by the Huffington Post, which reports that state GOP leaders say the ad is fair game and does not vilify all defense attorneys.
Haley's spokesman, Rob Godfrey responded Friday evening.
"Vince Sheheen has every right to choose to make his living by getting shorter jail sentences for violent criminals - who victimize our families and children and sell drugs - just like South Carolinians have the right to know exactly who Vince is and who he chose to represent when they vote for governor," he said.