Richard Quinn, Jr. pleads guilty of misconduct, resigns from SC House
Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) State Representative Richard Quinn, Jr. who represented the people of a portion of Lexington County including parts of the town of Lexington, pled guilty to misconduct in office during a hearing today at the Richland County Courthouse. He also resigned from his position in the State House of Representatives in a letter that was given to House Speaker Jay Lucas just before he entered the plea. Quinn, Jr. could be fined up to $1,000 and face a maximum of one year in prison.
Quinn, Jr’s, father, Richard Quinn, Sr., was at one point one of the state’s most influential political consultants. He has represented many of the most powerful GOP lawmakers and even some Democrats to serve in recent years. They include people like Attorney General Alan Wilson, Governor Henry McMaster, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, and US Senator Lindsey Graham.
At this point, state investigators have charged Richard Quinn, Sr., Richard Quinn, Jr., John Courson, Tracy Edge, and James Harrison after their investigation into possible corruption at the State House. This situation is shaping up to be as big as the Operation Lost Trust investigation and trials that occurred at the State House decades ago. All of the accused named above have at some point denied any wrongdoing.
Quinn, Jr. had previously been suspended prior to his Wednesday resignation. For several months, rumors had been circulating that Quinn, Jr. would not file to run again in the spring primaries if his charges were not adjudicated prior to the scheduled elections.