A trio of the state's young Democratic operatives has launched a newgroup to go after Republicans.
Lachlan McIntosh, a Charleston consultant who ran Mullins McLeod'saborted gubernatorial campaign last year, has set up "South CarolinaForward Progress" along with fellow consultant Tyler Jones and webdeveloper Brian Barrie.
The group says it will rely on video, public events and press events topoint out what it calls Republican follies leading up to the state's GOPpresidential primary.
"These folks who control the S.C. Republican primary are far right-wingextremists," Tyler said. "Lots of them are birthers and have a strangeand unhealthy hatred of the (U.S.) president. We are going to make surethat voters across the country know how far out of the mainstreamRepublican presidential candidates are willing to go to cater to theseextreme people."
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S.C. Republicans will host the nation's first 2012 presidential debateThursday in Greenville, to be aired live by Fox News. They also willselect a new state party chair at their annual convention this weekend.
Outgoing Republican Party chairwoman Karen Floyd announced Tuesday thatthe audience for the debate has reached capacity and the party's 44thAnnual Silver Elephant Dinner, to be held Friday, has sold out.