A Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina says a consulting contract with the state's health and environmental agency signed the day after she quit as the department's director was common practice.

Catherine Templeton told media outlets the Department of Health and Environmental Control paid the director before her as a consultant for months after he left, and DHEC says it will pay its current director to be a consultant after she leaves.

Templeton is a Republican running against Gov. Henry McMaster in 2018.

McMaster campaign adviser Tim Pearson says Templeton's $17,300-a-month contract needs more scrutiny. It is more than Templeton was paid to run DHEC, but she says the extra money was to cover expenses.

The contract was first reported by The Post and Courier of Charleston.