Former SC labor chief meets with Trump in New York

Brawley Templeton President Catherine Templeton, center, arrives at Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s former labor chief has met with President-elect Donald Trump, who is trying to fill scores of governmental appointments.

Catherine Templeton confirms to The Associated Press that she met with Trump on Monday afternoon in New York.

Templeton is a labor lawyer who specialized in fighting unions and who ran South Carolina’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at the request of Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley is in her second term, and Trump has asked her to serve as ambassador to the United Nations.

Templeton is mulling a 2018 gubernatorial bid. Her name was also in consideration for an open U.S. Senate seat when Jim DeMint resigned in 2012 to run the Heritage Foundation. Templeton says the meeting was productive and that she will help the administration in any way she can.


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