Sen. Sheheen: Not ruling out
another run for governor
State Sen. Vincent Sheheen said Monday that he has not ruled out another run for governor after falling short against Republican Nikki Haley in 2010.
“It’s not smart to run for another office when you are running for re-election,” the Camden Democrat told a group of Winthrop University students in Charlotte, where the Democratic National Convention is being held.
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Sheheen is not facing much of a fight for a third four-year term representing Senate District 27. He is unopposed.
Several S.C. delegates said Monday they want Sheheen, who lost narrowly to Haley, to run again in 2014.
‘Hmm, riddle me this’
State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg spoke to South Carolina’s Democratic delegates about statewide and local races, taking a few shots at Gov. Haley, a prime-time speaker at last week’s Republican National Convention.
“She was in the lineup for the diversity show. I saw her going around talking about what it’s like to be an immigrant, what it is to be a person of color,” Cobb-Hunter said of Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants. “And I said, ‘Hmm, riddle me this.’ I don’t know if the Romney folks know that on her voter registration card, she lists herself as white.”
‘Don’t you have go home and get off your (rears)?’
The S.C. delegation’s featured breakfast speaker Monday, Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, offered his own motivation for S.C. delegates for after the convention ends.
“Don’t you have to go home and get off your ass? Don’t you need to go home and put up your signs?” he asked. “I’m looking at a room full of people sitting on the their asses. Let me see if you can stand up!”
The crowd rose to its feet.
‘Yes, we’re better off than we were’
The S.C. delegation started convention week with a mini-rally by state party chairman Dick Harpootlian at its breakfast meeting Monday.
Harpootlian told the delegates that he was frustrated about the TV networks asking the president’s surrogates about the sour state of the economy. The country was heading over a financial cliff under Republican President George W. Bush, he said.
“Yes, we’re better off than we were four years ago,” Harpootlian said drawing huge applause from the crowd.
The breakfast also included two former S.C. governors, Richard Riley and Jim Hodges. There was a call for a third with no name mentioned – though the applause was directed at Sheheen.
Congressman, former governor head S.C. delegation
South Carolina’s delegates to this week’s Democratic National Convention include the No. 3-ranking member of the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia, and a former governor, Riley of Greenville.
Other elected officials among the delegation are: State Rep. William Clyburn of Aiken, state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg, state Rep. Chandra Dillard of Greenville, Camden Mayor Jeffery Graham, Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac-Devine, state Rep. John King of York, state Sen. John Matthews of Orangeburg, former state Sen. Kay Patterson of Richland, former U.S. Rep. Liz Patterson of Spartanburg, former Richland County Councilwoman Bernice Scott and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw.
Midlands delegates include those from:
Richland County – Lauren Bilton, Barbara Bowers, Lorenzo Breedlove, Roberta Carroway, Bud Ferillo, former Democratic National Party chairman Don Fowler, former S.C. Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler, Annejanet Harp, S.C. Democratic Party chairman Harpootlian, Jaime Harrison, Beverly “Dianne” Marshall, Bakari Middleton, Matthew Richardson, Joyce Rose-Harris, Audrey Snead and Boyd Summers
Sumter County – Barbara Bowman, Ray Washington
Lexington County – Kathy Hensley, alternate Valerie Rhinehart
What the S.C. delegates are doing
Today: S.C. delegates will hear a breakfast address by state Sen. Sheheen, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. Delegates also are scheduled to attend a party – with special guest will.i.am – hosted by the S.C. Democratic Party with the delegations from Florida and Alabama.
Wednesday: Breakfast address by U.S. Rep. Clyburn and convention Rules and Bylaws Committee chairman Jim Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thursday: Breakfast with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former S.C. Gov. Hodges and Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen