...but that didn’t stop Oconee Democrats!
Almost 200 people braved the downpours and lightning Sunday night to greet SC Senator Vincent Sheheen on one of his first campaign stops at South Cove Park in Seneca. Sheheen is seeking the South Carolina governorship in the 2014 election.
Other speakers supporting Sheheen were Rep. Walt McLeod of Newberry County and Melissa Watson, 2nd Vice Chair of the SC Democratic Party.
“We were thrilled with the turnout,” said Rosellen Aleguire, OCDP chair. “People were energized by the speakers’ motivational words … and by the fact that Vincent Sheheen is such a fine candidate … and will make an even finer governor!”
Sheheen ran against Nikki Haley in 2010, and lost by a few percentage points. Haley, an unknown that year, was swept in on the Tea Party coattails; now she has to contend with her sinking poll numbers, the SC Revenue hacking scandal, and a legislature unhappy with her leadership.
As reported in the Anderson Independent, “The gubernatorial candidate said that the measures (his several administrative improvements’ legislations) could pass this session because he has been ‘working with Republicans and Democrats in the spirit of cooperation to change the state for the better. Let’s face it, that’s what we need in the governor’s office and that’s what we haven’t had for over 10 years now,’ alluding to the frosty relations Hale and her predecessor Mark Sanford have had with the legislature.”
The crowd enjoyed the music of two bands: the Wobblers and Paula and Jorge as well as American picnic fare of fried chicken, ham sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
Many thanks to all volunteers who donated time, energy, skills and talents. And, a special thanks to Event Organizer Paulette Keffas-Chassin and Chair Rosellen Aleguire for their dedicated work!
All proceeds from this event will be used for OCDP’s 2014 election campaign efforts.
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SC Senator and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen arrived early enough to talk and answer questions of Oconee Democrats.