The Democratic National Committee needs a new chairman after Hilliary Clinton’s upset in the presidential election and South Carolina may have its replacement.
Jamie Harrison the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party said he submitted his name for consideration for the national chairman spot during an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC on Monday.
Harrison, an Orangeburg native, was elected chairman in 2013 as the first African-American to hold the position in state history. He was also a former aide to U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn D-Columbia.
Voters in South Carolina haven’t chosen a Democratic candidate in a presidential election since Jimmy Carter won the state in 1976. Clyburn is the state’s lone Democratic representative in the U.S. House. Nonetheless Harrison said on MSNBC that he believes the DNC needs a chairman from a traditionally Republican state in order to extend the party’s reach beyond its usual voting demographic.
“Moving toward 2018 and 2020 united as Democrats, we must reach out to every state, every community, and every voter,” Harrison said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “Our values are American values, and our policy agenda will improve the lives of all Americans. Never again can we cast aside a voter as one Democrats don’t need.”
This week several other national figures announced their intent to be the national chairman of the DNC. Last week Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison D-Minneapolis for the position. Also, former DNC Chairman Howard Dean and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced their candidacy on Monday.
For the last 12 years, Harrison worked as a lobbyist in Washington D.C for the Podesta Group. The Podesta Group is a government and public relations group founded by Jim Podesta the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.