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SC Democrats’ Harrison a frontrunner for DNC chair?

FILE PHOTO: S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison gives an interview before the S.C. Democratic Party 2015 Dem Weekend at the Columbia Convention Center.
FILE PHOTO: S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison gives an interview before the S.C. Democratic Party 2015 Dem Weekend at the Columbia Convention Center. online@thestate.com

S.C. Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison is one of three early front-runners to become chair of the Democratic National Committee, a Washington publication said Friday.

The website Politico says Harrison, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley have the inside track for the job.

Former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned in July amid an email scandal, leaving vice chair Donna Brazile as interim chair through the election.

Harrison, the first African American to chair the S.C. Democratic Party, said he does not see himself as the probable choice. But he said he is honored to be mentioned.

“Reading it was definitely news to me,” Harrison said with a laugh. “Again, I’m flattered to see that. I guess people think you’re trying to do something right, and we’re trying to do something here in South Carolina.

“We’ve got a steep hill to climb, but we’re doing good things, like the Clyburn Fellowship that’s building the next generations of Dems.”

Harrison, an Orangeburg native, is a former aide to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia, the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House.

Harrison is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee and a principal at the Podesta Group, a government and public relations firm founded by John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

A new chair likely will be appointed after the November presidential election. If asked to take the job, Harrison said he would have to talk it over with his family before making a decision.

Avery G. Wilks: 803-771-8362, @averygwilks

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