Another candidate joins the crowded race for Senator Jim DeMint’s seat in U.S. Senate. Nathalie Dupree is most known as a cookbook writer and celebrity chef. When asked why she is running, she speaks like she’s in the kitchen.
I know the things that South Carolina needs are not the things that Jim DeMint is doing for us. I want to bring home the bacon for South Carolina.
Dupree’s stated goal in the campaign is “to cook Jim DeMint’s goose.” She says she has the fire to change some of his current ideas.
The thing that made me mad enough to want to run, which was last week, is that Jim DeMint will not sign a bill for an earmark, he thinks that’s a dirty word, for $400,000 to dredge our port in Charleston. And that port is the economic engine for the state.
DeMint has recently opposed Senator Lindsey Graham’s proposal for earmarks to fund a port study to deepen the Charleston harbor. DeMint says there’s other ways to get the money, like a port trust fund.
Dupree says the earmarks are needed and not always bad.
All the other states on the East Coast have gotten their earmark money except for South Carolina, and that’s because Jim DeMint won’t join with Lindsey Graham and sign for it.
And, what does she think her chances are?
I think with my name visibility and my dedication and my hard work and the fact that people really want two senators in Washington that are working for them, that I might win.
Seventy-year-old Dupree lives in Charleston and will run as a write-in candidate and faces GOP Senator Jim DeMint, Democrat Alvin Greene, Green Party candidate Tom Clements, and write-in candidates Greg Snoad and Mazie Ferguson.
She is the wife of historian and author Jack Bass.