The last democrat to occupy the governor’s office in South Carolina is endorsing who he thinks should be the next democrat to win the governorship. Former Governor Jim Hodges is throwing his support to state Senator Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw County. “I think he has the right stuff to be a great governor. He’s run a terrific campaign, he has a great plan for improving the economy of South Carolina, and I think he’ll do a terrific job in improving public education.”
Hodges served one term as Governor from 1999-2003. He was defeated by Mark Sanford. Also vying for the 2010 Democratic Gubernatorial nomination are Charleston Senator Robert Ford and State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.
Hodges says Sheheen would serve as a great ambassador for the state especially in the area of job recruitment. Hodges says Sheheen is a people person who has the ability to build coalitions.”The number one job of the Governor of South Carolina is to be a good economic ambassador in order to successfully recruit jobs to our state. He has a terrific plan for addressing our economic problems, he has an ability to work across party lines to try to get things done, and he has a clear vision for the future for our state. Those are the things that make a great candidate, but more importantly those are the things that make a great governor.”