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Columbia senator criticizes Haley for referencing Ford in ethics comment

By SEANNA ADCOX

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Senate Democrat says Gov. Nikki Haley may only have herself to blame if ethics reform doesn't pass this year.

Sen. Darrell Jackson of Columbia says he was appalled by comments after former Sen. Robert Ford resigned Friday. Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey called Ford an example of the need for ethics reform.

Jackson called it insensitive and inaccurate. He says the Senate Ethics Committee did the right but difficult thing in finding Ford committed multiple violations and publicizing them. He says the results would be the same under the proposed law.

Without approval Wednesday in the Senate, the bill has no chance of passing this year. Senators briefly took up the measure Tuesday to let Jackson speak.

Godfrey called Jackson's comments a smoke-screen in a long list of delay tactics.

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