Senator resigns from committee following MUSC dismissal

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A state senator from Charleston is no longer the co-chair of the black caucus affirmative action committee. Robert Ford resigned from the post.

It all started after Gov. Nikki Haley replaced Dr. Paula Orr of North Charleston with a white man on the MUSC board of trustees.

Dr. Orr was the only African American and only woman on the MUSC's board. The move upset a number of state lawmakers including Sen. Ford.

"We deserve blacks on every board and commission. It's her job to make sure that happens, and no excuses,"Sen. Ford said.

Senator Ford said he resigned from the committee because some members of the black caucus didn't take issue with the governor's decision to replace Dr. Orr.

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