Politics & Government

SC Democrat debates party’s future with Daily Show creator


The head of the S.C. Democratic Party got into a dispute Friday with the co-creator of TV’s “Daily Show” about who does and doesn’t count as a Democrat in 2017.

State chairman Jaime Harrison fended off Twitter criticism of his bid to lead the Democratic National Commitee from Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the Daily Show and an activist with the group Lady Parts Justice.

Winstead tweeted in apparent concern that Harrison’s outreach efforts would not produce “candidates who believe in something and will defend it.” Using the Twitter name “Lizz Resistead,” she added that candidates merely calling themselves Democrats were not enough.

In response to another tweet, Winstead said she didn’t want a “party of Manchins,” a reference to moderate U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Harrison shot back that Democrats need to reach out to people who don’t already agree with them to win elections.

He also touted his own work “building a bench” working in South Carolina, and the need to build coalitions with moderates — like Manchin — to reach a majority.

But Winstead insisted that sort of outreach would compromise away the rights of the party’s base.

The exchange ended on an amicable note.

Harrison is hoping to be named the next head of the DNC by party leaders later this month.