Former Vice President Joe Biden is getting involved in the S.C. governor’s race.
The country’s No. 2 under President Barack Obama offered his endorsement Thursday to S.C. Rep. James Smith, D-Richland. Smith is one of two Democrats running for the party’s nomination.
“I’ve know James for a long time – he and my son Beau were kindred spirits,” Biden writes in an email from the group American Possibilities. “Both of them all about honor, duty, and bringing people together – not tearing the house down.”
Biden’s son Beau Biden, once the attorney general of Delaware, died of cancer in 2015.
“There is no doubt in my mind that James will make the best governor for South Carolina’s future,” Biden said, ending the email with a link for donations to Smith’s campaign.
Smith later said he was “very humbled to see the note... from a close mentor of mine.”
“I know you, like myself and Vice President Biden are here because we all believe in an even better South Carolina,” Smith said in an email to supporters.
Smith is running for the 2018 Democratic nomination against Charleston businessman Phil Noble.
Smith has received the endorsement of many of the state’s Democratic leaders, and was selected by his fellow S.C. House Democrats to deliver the response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of the State address.
Noble has picked up a high-profile endorsement of his own, claiming the support of Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the upset winner in a special election last month against controversial Republican Roy Moore.