U.S. Senate candidate Krystle Matthews addresses leaked audio

Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 5:57 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 6:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A state Democratic lawmaker hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in November is responding to a recording of a phone call released just before Tuesday’s primary runoff.

State Rep. Krystle Matthews (D-Berkeley) said Tuesday the phone call was released intentionally to hurt her politically.

“It should also not be lost on anyone that this doctored audio from February, leaking this close to the runoff, is nothing more than a political hit job,” Matthews said.

In the recorded call, Matthews discusses several things, including using drug money to fund political campaigns.

“This, however, was a private call that was between two Black adults. Nothing I said was untrue and everything I said are also things that I’ve already talked about throughout my campaign,” Matthews said. “I don’t run from anything and anyone who knows me knows that I will face things head-on.”

Matthews is facing fellow Democrat Catherine Fleming Bruce in Tuesday’s primary runoff election.

The winner of that runoff will face Scott in November’s general election.

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