Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Richland County Democratic Senator Joel Lourie spoke to News19 Tuesday afternoon briefly about the firing of his brother-in-law Garry Baum from the Richland County election's office.
Earlier in the day, fired Elections Director Howard Jackson said he had been advised last year by members of the county election's board not to get rid of Baum. Jackson says Baum was let go after election machines were not charged in time for the November 2013 election. Jackson says he was told to "stand down" after he tried to hire someone else to do Baum's job. Related Coverage:Fired Election Director Blasts Board
The county election board is appointed by members of the Richland County legislative delegation, which includes Lourie.
Sen. Lourie would not talk on camera, but returned our phone call and spoke briefly to News19. The state senator says he had nothing to do with the situation between Baum and Jackson, and told us that any suggestion of that is "false and completely inaccurate." Lourie went on to say "I have had no contact with the director, or anyone else at the commission regarding Garry, when he was working there or when he was terminated."