SC Dem gov candidate sets tone for GOP fight

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Democratic candidate for governor set the tone for his party in the November elections by calling out the convictions of top elected state GOP leaders since 2002, as well as Governor Mark Sanford's problems.

State Senator Vincent Sheheen addressed the state Democratic Party convention Saturday in Columbia and brought cheers as he noted the Republican state agriculture commissioner and state treasurer were both convicted and sent to prison after taking office.

He noted that Sanford fought against federal stimulus cash meant to jump-start the ailing economy, even as the state's unemployment rate doubled to more than 12 percent during the governor's two terms in office.

He also said Sanford brought shame to the state after his confessed affair with an Argentine woman that resulted in an ethics investigation and a formal rebuke by the state House.

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