South Carolina

South Carolina Senator Resigns Amid Ethics Scandal Involving Sex Toys

Accused of using campaign funds to make purchases at adult store


COLUMBIA, S.C.—South Carolina Sen. Robert Ford has resigned half-way into the ethics hearing against him.

Senate President Pro Tem John Courson announced Friday that he received a resignation letter from the Charleston Democrat, effective immediately.

The resignation comes a day after the Senate Ethics Committee heard that the specific charges against Ford included allegations that he used campaign money for adult-store purchases and other personal items. Ford said Thursday he bought gag gifts at those stores for campaign staffers.