The State Needs Moore

by | Oct 23, 2006

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of conjecture from the talking heads about a Democratic Party sweep of the upcoming midterm elections. Living deep in the heart of a Republican county in a Republican state in a Republican region, I find the national news distant at best.

Basically, I have no indication whatsoever that Joe Wilson, my representative in Washington will be sent home next month. The guberatorial race, on the other hand, does provide a glimmer of hope.

Columbia’s newspaper, The State, recently spoke to some disconcerted voters.

Some Columbia voters want Sanford to join the pool of South Carolina’s 135,700 unemployed residents next year and want state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Aiken, to take his place.

“I would support Mickey Mouse if he was running against Sanford,” said Vicki Price, 46, office manager for Van de Grift Veterinary Clinic. “I don’t think he’s done anything for us.”

University of South Carolina librarian Paul Schultz said the state’s economic woes the past six years are in line with national trends.

“My impression is Sanford spends a great deal of his term squabbling with the Legislature, playing musical chairs with state agencies and twiddling his thumbs,” he said.

After graduating from high school Moore worked several jobs, before starting a company that sells, installs and repairs industrial boilers. He was a nontraditional college student, attending classes at night while working and raising two sons with his wife, Dale. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 1989. In other words, he’s not a blueblood. He’s a guy who worked hard to make his way in the world, and as such will most likely have the working person’s concerns in mind should he be elected CEO of the Palmetto State.