A Charleston investment banker whose charismatic campaign for governor seemed certain for success before the state Supreme Court ruled him ineligible has died. Charles “Pug” Ravenel was 79 years old and passed Saturday from natural causes, according to an obituary published in the Post and Courier newspaper.
Ravenel had only recently moved back to the Lowcountry when he sought the Democratic Party’s 1974 nomination for governor. Despite his connections with Charleston’s elites, Ravenel was seen as a longshot against two more established Democratic candidates. However, he surged to the forefront by using a tech-savvy election campaign and building up a large coalition of support which secured the nomination.
“That race attracted hundreds of thousands of voters, especially young people and African-Americans who saw a great deal of excitement and the possibility he could bring change to South Carolina,” said his longtime friend Bud Ferillo. “He did change the Democratic Party in his era and will always be remembered as the man who brought modern politics to South Carolina.” [Read more…]