Challenger calls on S. Carolina attorney general to resign

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A Republican mounting a primary challenge to South Carolina’s attorney general says Alan Wilson should resign because of ties to targets of a corruption probe.

William Herlong told The Associated Press on Thursday Wilson’s office “has created a culture of corruption” amid the years long investigation.

Wilson isn’t implicated in the probe, which his office began in 2014 with the indictment of then-Speaker Bobby Harrell. Wilson recused himself, citing a conflict of interest, and a special prosecutor took over. Other current and former lawmakers have been charged.

Wilson is a client of Richard Quinn, a consultant also indicted. Herlong says Wilson sought advice from Quinn on how to address the case publicly, knowing a state police report tied Quinn to the overall investigation.

Wilson’s office didn’t immediately return a message.

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