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Ard charges: Dems say criminal, GOP defends lt gov

Mar 18, 2011 1:42:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's political parties are weighing in on Republican Lt. Gov. Ken Ard's 106 ethics charges with Democrats saying the allegations may merit criminal investigation.

The state Ethics Commission on Friday released details of the civil charges it will pursue against Ard in a hearing later. Ard has said he will cooperate in the investigation and take responsibility if he made mistakes.

State Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley says there are so many charges for so many personal items that Ard appears to have blatantly broken the law. Parmley says that means the allegations border on criminal offenses instead of civil offenses.

State Republican Party executive director Joel Sawyer says he expects Democrats to seize on Ard's problems. Sawyer notes Ard is cooperating and will address the problems.

State Ethics Commission charges against Lt. Gov. Ken Ard

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