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Longtime Political Journalist, Lee Bandy, Dies at 78

7:20 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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  • Lee Bandy (photo provided by The State Newspaper)
  • Lee Bandy (photo provided by The State Newspaper)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) Longtime political writer and columnist, Lee Bandy, has died after complications from Parkinson's disease, he was 78.

For over 40 years, Bandy as he was known to friends and politicians alike, covered the political scene in South Carolina from both Columbia and for a time from Washington D.C.

Born in Asheville, the son of a preacher and a graduate of Bob Jones University, Bandy covered the changing political landscape in South Carolina beginnig in 1968.  When he retired from The State newspaper, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor the state can bestow from then governor Mark Sanford. 

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted, "Lee Bandy explained what was going on in South Carolina government and politics with clarity and integrity.  There was never any doubt Lee Bandy called it as he saw it.  South Carolina has lost one of her strongest and most capable voices." 

Gov. Nikki Haley sent out a statement that read, " Lee Bandy was a South Carolina treasure.  Over the course of a career that spanned decades, Lee set the gold standard for insightful coverage of government and politics, and he leaves behind a legacy that touches thousands.  Michael and I lift up the Bandy family, and Lee's many friends, in our prayers."

He is survived by his wife, Mary, three children and grandchildren.  

Funeral services will be this Saturday at First Presbyterian church at 10:30am with a gathering to follow after.  


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