State Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler says she will not seek another term. Fowler has led the party for two terms and will not go for a third next Spring. But Fowler says that’s what she has said all along, that she would only keep the office for two terms. Fowler says some media outlets have presented this as a new announcement, but she says it’s not. She says her decision was made long ago and in no way is connected to criticism of the party following the election of Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene. Fowler asserts she did not support Greene’s in the race.
Greene faces criminal charges for allegedly showing pornographic images to a USC student, and requested indigent defense in the case. That prompted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate how Greene came up with the $10,440 he paid to get his name on the ballot.
To answer the criticism that Fowler should have done more to prevent Greene from becoming the party’s candidate, Fowler says there was nothing she or the party could have done.
Fowler says if Vincent Sheheen wins the governor’s race, as a Democratic governor, he will recommend a new party leader. Fowler is optimistic about Sheheen’s chances.