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Sellers asks McMaster to resign from elite club

COLUMBIA — The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor is challenging Republican opponent Henry McMaster to renounce his membership in a reportedly all-white country club.

Denmark Rep. Bakari Sellers, who is black, said Thursday he wants McMaster to stand with him against South Carolina’s “old ghosts” of division by resigning from Forest Lake Club.

McMaster’s campaign manager, Jeff Taillon, said Forest Lake has no policies of racial discrimination and he would not be a member if it did.

Forest Lake’s all-white status made headlines in 2008 as then-state GOP Chairman Katon Dawson campaigned to lead the national Republican Party. Dawson wrote the club’s leaders urging them to embrace diversity.

Club manager Sean McLaughlin said Thursday blacks are not excluded. McLaughlin said the club’s president could provide details, but he has not returned messages.

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