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Spratt (D) rules out Senate run to stay in House (South Carolina)
The State ^ | 6/22/03 | Lauren Markoe

Posted on 06/22/2003 11:38:37 PM PDT by LdSentinal

Washington John Spratt: Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in '04?

Don't count on it.

Though S.C. Democrats relish the idea of the experienced York congressman running if U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., doesn't, Spratt says he is U.S. House bound.

There Spratt is an acknowledged heavyweight -- in seniority, in position and for his voluminous knowledge of the federal budget.

"Who me?" he says when asked about a Senate run last week. "No. I have 21 years of seniority in the House. I sit one chair away from the chairmanship of Armed Services, and I'm the ranking member on the Budget Committee.

"This is the best place for me."

It's hard for Democrats to argue that Spratt should give up his safe high chair in the House for a shot at the Senate in a heavily Republican state. But that hasn't stopped friends from trying.

South Carolina's other Democrat in the House, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia, says he's made a run at Spratt more than once, but to no avail.

As for Clyburn himself taking a shot, the six-termer says he doesn't believe a black person can win statewide in South Carolina.

If he thought one could, would he run?

"In a heartbeat," Clyburn said.

So that leaves who among the Democrats running if Hollings retires after serving in the Senate since 1966?

S.C. Democratic Party chairman Joe Erwin won't name names, but he has talked to half a dozen Democrats who are seriously interested.

Of those, he said, "three are good prospects and one is borderline."

Asked if popular S.C. Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum fell into the "good prospects" category, Erwin said he will continue to discuss the job with her but won't push her to do something she doesn't want to.

"She could win," he said.


Of course high-profile S.C. Democrats begin and end their commentary on next year's Senate race with the same refrain: "I hope the senator will run again."

Does that June 11 fund-raiser barbecue at Hollings' Washington home mean that he will?

Not necessarily. The fete, which netted about $100,000, is an annual affair. Had Hollings not thrown it -- now that might have meant something.

Though Hollings pays District of Columbia taxes on the house, the menu was strictly Carolina: pulled pork, sweet potatoes, green beans and sweet tea.


Speaking of fund raising, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, the Greenville Republican who is intent on taking on Hollings or whomever runs on the Democratic ticket, reports that he is nearing his ambitious goal.

DeMint, who wanted to raise $1 million by the summer, says that he's "about there."

We'll get the exact number after July 15, when campaign finance reports are due at the Federal Election Commission.

Other Republicans who have expressed interest in running for Senate include: former state Attorney General Charlie Condon, of Charleston; Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride; and Charleston real estate developer Thomas Ravenel.

TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2004; clyburn; condon; demint; hollings; markmcbride; ravenal; senate; southcarolina; spratt

1 posted on 06/22/2003 11:38:38 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: KQQL; JohnnyZ; William Creel; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool; Coop; AuH2ORepublican; Impy
2 posted on 06/23/2003 12:00:06 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal
Too bad. We could of won his house seat. We didn't even have a candidate last year for some reason.
3 posted on 06/23/2003 2:11:54 AM PDT by Impy (Sharpton/Byrd 2004!! The Slave/Massa Ticket!!)
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To: LdSentinal
Smart move by the Congressman.
4 posted on 06/23/2003 6:15:13 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: LdSentinal
dangit...thats the only way we could get rid of him.
5 posted on 06/23/2003 6:17:38 AM PDT by SC_Republican (mmmm....FOOTBALL)
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To: Impy
We didn't even have a candidate last year for some reason.

'Cause Spratt ain't goin' down 'til he retires, most likely. They'll probably give it a go this year with Dubya on the ticket and more new conservative suburban voters crossing the border from Charlotte every day, but it's still a longshot.

6 posted on 06/23/2003 8:43:30 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: Pubbie; JohnnyZ; Theodore R.; Nathaniel Fischer; AuH2ORepublican; LdSentinal; Kuksool; Coop; ...
He'd be a tough opponent, but he'd still probably lose, and we'd get his seat, which he holds by sheer force of personality. He almost lost it in '94, but we fell short.

As to Congressman Clyburn's remark about a Black person not being able to win statewide, I'd like to amend that to say that a 'Rat nominee reflecting a Socialist/victim mentality where they "see" racism under every rock that halts their initiatives rather than recognizing that it is their own proposals that are clearly out of step with SC, are the ones who won't get elected. Nominate a Conservative African-American Republican, and I believe they can win a statewide office. The SC GOP ought to be looking for such a person. As I commented once before, this state remains one of the most racially/politically polarized in the nation, and we need to start working on doing something about it. We may have a majority now, but once the 'Rats smarten up and nominate more palatable moderate candidates (who would automatically get the entirety of the Black vote and also be acceptable to a lot of Conservative Whites, not something all that difficult to do), we could easily find ourselves in trouble.
7 posted on 06/23/2003 9:15:44 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
That's a good idea in theory for the democrats to execute, but you forget who will ultimately have the most clout in their party. While the democrats in SC are currently controlled by lawyers, blacks can all ways threaten to boycott the election if there is not a candidate to their liking. Also, I'm all for your minority outreach idea.
8 posted on 06/23/2003 12:15:44 PM PDT by MainstreamConservative
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To: fieldmarshaldj
He almost lost it in '94, but we fell short.

Spratt is the classic example of how much re-election power incumbents hold. Here is a guy who works to stop tax cuts at the Federal level and we keep sending him back to Washington. He is very clever though in how he votes and stays in the background almost always...

9 posted on 06/24/2003 3:32:58 AM PDT by doosee
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To: SC_Republican
Freepers, rather than waiting to see what happens with Estrada, we need to take the lead. That means presuring Senators, special interest groups, media organizations, etc. This thread is meant to be an ongoing effort to get this man confirmed. For too many years liberals have had their way on the courts. Now, President Bush is in a position to move the courts to the right. The election of '02 showed that the country is with the President. I think it's time to let Daschle, Hillary, and Pelosi know this is Bush country. Are you with me! Let's FREEP these people.
10 posted on 06/25/2003 7:57:38 PM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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