Dick Harpootlian blasts critics in Senate floor address

Dick Harpootlian bashes critics on the South Carolina State Senate floor on March 7, 2023. (Via screengrab/WHNS)

South Carolina State Sen. Dick Harpootlian, a longtime ally of President Joe Biden who has often courted controversy in the past, and who recently assumed a level of national stature for representing convicted double murderer Alex Murdaugh, told his colleagues that people are sending him messages telling him they hope he dies.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Richland County Democrat took to the floor of the state Senate and mused about his absence during the nationally watched murder trial – and the aftermath.

“I really got up here to say this,” Harpootlian began. “I got a number of texts, emails, especially from the senator from Lexington, wanting to know how I was. She always wants to know am I eating well? Am I sleeping well? And I really appreciate those of you who reached out to me in this maelstrom of a trial. It is hard to focus on anything except the trial. We stayed in Walterboro for six weeks.”

The former chair of the Democratic Party of South Carolina went on to address his work as an attorney over the years.

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