In its search for a spark to revitalize its ranks for future success , the South Carolina Democratic Party may delve into its past as former party chairman Dick Harpootlian announced plans Thursday to run for the post he left in 2003 after a four-year run.
Harpootlian says there is no doubt the GOP has dominated South Carolina politics for nearly two decades and voters around the state are beginning to realize that the problems the state faces today were created under Republicans’ watch.
In a news release announcing his plans to run for party chairmanship, Harpootlian said he is committed to taking no prisoners and holding Republicans accountable for what he calls a record of failure.
Harpootlian spoke with SCRN Friday, saying the Democratic Party has to recruit stronger candidates in order to be succesful. He says, to do that, you must convince them that they can be successful. He believes that starts with rebuilding a strong base which would include a strong financial component and staying focused and on-point with a strong consistent message.
Harpootlian says under Republican leadership, the state has stagnated from an economic, educational and health standpoint because they have not properly used their political capital.
Despite being officially out of politics, he has remained a high-profile spokesman for the state Democratic Party. He makes frequent appearance on Fox News sparring with Republicans from across the nation. Harpootlian, who prides himself on speaking his mind, has pledged to serve a single, two-year term; but he adds that he has to win first.
State Democrats will elect a new chair at their April 30 convention, when current chairwoman Carol Fowler steps down after two terms.