Lt. Governor-elect issues statement on arrest of consultant

Ken Ard, the Lieutenant Governor-elect says it was his faith that got him through the all the mayhem he experienced on Election Day.

Ken Ard, the Lieutenant Governor-elect says it was his faith that got him through the mayhem he experienced on Election Day.

Ard is now back home in Florence County, after spending the past few days on the road with his campaign.

He got 55% of the vote to defeat his Democratic challenger, Ashley Cooper.

Ard says Tuesday was a whirlwind, with the arrest of his son on DUI charges and learning that his campaign consultant faced charges of making illegal political calls.

"We've issued statements regarding that and I'm not going to comment further on it, but I'm a man a faith. I believe the good Lord works in your life. I'd love to know what he was up to on Tuesday, but we just deal with it the best we can, and I am honored and proud to serve as Lieutenant Governor."

Ard says he spent most of Wednesday in Columbia working on his transition team.

Ard is a Florence County councilman. He's working with county council and the election commission on a date for his resignation. Once he resigns, a date will be set for a special election to fill his seat.

His full statement on the arrest of his son and the allegations against his campaign consultant is below.

"Tammy and our family are blessed to be able to celebrate this election, and we want to thank the people of South Carolina for their enduring support. As for the recent issues regarding one of my campaign advisors, Robert Cahaly, I want to make two things very clear. Robert is a respected advisor who has served Republican leaders throughout our state and nation, and I consider him a friend. I am unfamiliar with the details surrounding recent news reports; however, I am certain of one thing-my campaign is not the subject of any of these reports. I am eager to begin the business of the transition of the Lt. Governor's office and will be keeping the media and the people of our state fully informed on those details as we progress."