COASTAL OBSERVER: Trump’s U.N. pick changes outlook for S.C.

“State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch and House Rep. Lee Hewitt will arrive in Columbia next week to be sworn into office and receive their committee assignments. Neither could have predicted just how interesting things would be as they start new jobs in the S.C. General Assembly.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Gov. Nikki Haley as his nominee to become United Nations ambassador. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, one of the earliest Trump supporters, will ascend to the Governor’s Mansion with two years to prepare for election as the incumbent...

Hewitt, named to the Department of Health and Environmental Control Board by Haley, said he’s not worried about her lack of diplomatic experience. ‘Having gotten to know her over the past eight years — two years of running and six years of serving — I think Gov. Haley will do an excellent job,’ he said. ‘She’s a quick learner, very smart and capable of doing anything she puts her mind to.’

Hewitt said a new governor won’t change his approach in Columbia. ‘I have met with the lieutenant governor and talked with him and certainly feel comfortable with him,’ he said.”

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