The Hidden Candidate

South Carolina Voters Chose Between Inexperience and Disgrace

Is There Another Way?

By Gregg Jocoy
South Carolina Green Party
Radio Host, Small Business Owner

Yahoo News asked South Carolina voters to share whom they’re supporting in Tuesday’s U.S. House election — Mark Sanford or Elizabeth Colbert Busch, or if they’re abstaining. Here’s one voter’s perspective.

FIRST PERSON | Whenever I try to say Mark Sanford on our radio show, I wind up saying “Fred Sanford” instead. My co-host, Daisy Deadhead responds “I’m coming to meet you Elizabeth!” and it cracks me up like nobody’s business.

There are two reasons. The Democrat he’s running against is named Elizabeth-Colbert Busch. The other is that, like Fred Sanford’s “heart attacks”, Mark Sanford’s tears over his affair seemed fake to me.

I also have serious reservations about Colbert Busch.

As Donna Dewitt, past president of the SC AFL-CIO and Colbert-Busch supporter, wrote on her Facebook wall, “Terribly disappointing that a smart woman is “proud to live in a right to work state.”

Voters in the 1st District have another choice. The only veteran in the race, the only candidate on Social Security and Medicare, the candidate with the longest time in public service, is a candidate you may have never heard about. He’s served on the James Island Public Service District Commission for close to 30 years, re-elected every four years, even serving as chair.

He wants to stop an expensive, environmentally damaging Interstate Highway through the district. He wants to end the wars. He wants to end corporate bail outs, and improve the nation’s economy by redirecting money to programs which produce jobs and peace.

I think I hear a few of you saying “OK. I’m sold. What’s his name?”

Eugene Platt is his name. The 74-year-old is the nominee of South Carolina’s Green Party.

Now that voting is underway you may ask yourself how you can learn more. One way would be to tune in to our radio show on Wednesday when we will interview Platt live. Hear what he has to say. Visit at 5 p.m.

Gregg Jocoy lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina.



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