South Carolina’s Republican Lt. Gov. Resigns In Ethics Scandal | South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard (R) resigned his office today and was indicted by a state grand jury. Just 14 months into his first term, Ard was charged with four counts of unlawful reimbursement of campaign contributions, two counts of falsely filing campaign reports, and one count of personal use of campaign funds. In July 2011, the state’s ethics committee fined Ard for using campaign funds to buy football tickets, women’s clothing, and a Playstation 3. Republican Glenn McConnell, who was serving as the state senate’s president pro tempore, automatically assumes Ard’s former post.