- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Former House Speaker Bobby Harrell hasn’t decided if he’s done with politics for good, according to an interview the Charleston Republican gave a local paper.

“If I had to make the decision right now, the answer is ‘no,’” Harrell told the Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/13pdb2W) of running for office once he’s served his sentence. “But you never know what the future holds.”

Harrell was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to six counts of misusing his campaign account for personal benefit. As part of his plea agreement, he resigned from his House seat and is prohibited from seeking public office for three years.

As part of the deal, Harrell also agreed to help in any other investigations into wrongdoing involving the Legislature or other matters. Speaker since 2005, Harrell was among the state’s most powerful politicians.

In the story published Sunday, Harrell told the paper he still feels his case wasn’t handled properly and that his actions weren’t serious enough to warrant a criminal prosecution. He also said he feels he still has a good reputation in the Charleston area.

“While I’m not sure in what capacity, I don’t plan to stop working for the Lowcountry,” he said. “I grew up here and love this place.”


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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