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Cunningham slams McMaster’s role in ‘disastrous’ deal over failed Rock Hill-Panthers site


South Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham took aim at Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Governor Henry McMaster over the team’s failed Rock Hill headquarters site during a campaign event Sunday.


Cunningham, who represented the state’s 1st Congressional District for one term, and his running mate Tally Casey, took off on a tour across South Carolina last week and met with Rock Hill voters late in the day at Dust Off Brewing Co. as one of their last stops before Tuesday’s election.


During his Rock Hill event, Cunningham slammed McMaster’s economic platform and criticized his role in attempting to bring the NFL team’s 240-acre property to York County. To lure the Panthers to South Carolina, lawmakers passed legislation that promised $115 million in tax breaks to the team, which planned to bring 150 employees to Rock Hill from Charlotte.


Those incentives would have only be awarded to the team if the project was completed by the end of 2024 and the jobs came. The state also started work on a $40 million Interstate 77 interchange project meant to serve the practice facility.


“You all have had a front row seat to the ways in which it has been a total and complete failure in using corporate handouts to a billionaire, like David Tepper, who has taken our tax dollars and turned his back,” Cunningham said. “McMaster has done nothing to call back those tax dollars that were p---ed away on an interchange that could’ve been somewhere else in York County or somewhere else in South Carolina that deserves it more.”