S.C. Republicans on Friday questioned a 1991 reckless driving ticket for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen that ultimately was dropped.
Republican Party executive director Joel Sawyer noted Sheheen was represented in the case by his uncle - then-House Speaker Bob Sheheen. Sawyer also said the case was handled by Dick Harpootlian, who years later became the Democratic Party's chairman.
Harpootlian denied the claim and Sheheen's campaign called any accusation of favoritism specious.
In a campaign that has featured criticism of Sheheen's politics and profession as a trial lawyer, the revelation of a 19-year-old ticket seemed fairly minor, but Republican operatives didn't mince their words.
"There are some questions raised by the records in this case that Senator Sheheen needs to answer because at first it looks like the good ol' boy Democrats swinging into action," Sawyer said.
The ticket chatter comes after weeks of questions raised about GOP nominee and state Rep. Nikki Haley ranging from personal and business tax issues to who paid her for work while she was in the legislature.
Sheheen spokesman Trav Robertson said there was nothing serious or sinister about the ticket, given while Sheheen was in college, and no influence was wielded with it.
Richland County court records show the trial was delayed twice in 1992 before the case was dropped.
Bob Sheheen, the former House speaker, couldn't recall being involved in the case