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S.C. Democrats abandon Harpootlian

Recent news stories are picking up on an undercurrent in the S.C. Democratic Party.

Grassroots Democrats and Legislators are abandoning State Chairman Dick Harpootlian in droves. See below:


For outgoing party Chairwoman Shelly Roehrs, who isn’t seeking re-election after one term for business reasons, Saturday is a time to build cohesiveness that she says hasn’t been coming from the “good ol’ boy” State Democratic Party in Columbia.

We just don’t get a lot of support,” she said. “And we’re kind of left to do things on our own. So we work with a lot of volunteers, and it’s good to know that there are some Democrats here who are willing to step up.” – Spartanburg Herald Journal, March 16


Harpootlian said the New Democrats’ event holds no more significance to the Democratic Party than a kid’s soccer game would.

Noble noted after he lost the chairman’s race, he released a statement asking all his supporters “to join me in supporting our new Chair, Dick Harpootlian, as he carries this battle to the Republicans.” Noble added: “In terms of party unity, he’s attacking me. I’m not attacking him.” – The State, March 10


State Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, might be in the cross hairs of state Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian, but his Democratic Senate colleagues have his back…The S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus unanimously sent Harpootlian a letter endorsing Ford’s re-election

Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Columbia, said the caucus took the unusual step to counter Harpootlian. “Never in my 19 years in the Senate has the caucus done this,” Jackson said. – The Post and Courier, March 16


…Jackson, a Democrat, publicly is supporting Courson, a Republican, in his bid for re-election to Senate District 20… (over Harpootlian’s former law associate Robert Rikard) – The State, March 17