Dec 07 2005

Statement on the Passing of Former Governor Carroll Campbell

WASHINGTON -– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement. “With the passing of Carroll Campbell, South Carolina has lost one of her favorite sons. “Governor Campbell reshaped South Carolina politics and was a trailblazer on many fronts. He was the first Governor to make an aggressive, successful effort to recruit large numbers of international businesses to our state and created a model we still follow today. He also helped reform and improve the way state government works for our citizens. “Republicans of my generation owe a debt of gratitude to Governor Campbell for his role in building the modern Republican Party. His very successful eight years as Governor helped lay the groundwork for the Republican takeover of the state legislature which occurred after he left office. “On the national front, he was a recognized leader and considered as a vice presidential candidate by several presidents. When Carroll Campbell spoke, people throughout the nation listened. “I truly appreciate and admire all he has done for our state. There’s no doubt his lifetime of work will continue to pay dividends to our state for years to come. “His was a life well-lived and my condolences go out to his wife and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.” #####