An openly gay Democrat has announced his intention to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson in this November’s election for South Carolina’s second congressional district.

Ed Greenleaf – a manager at Medicaid/ Medicare administrator Palmetto GBA – sent an email this week to a list of supporters informing them of his plans.

“The paperwork has been filed with the Federal Elections Commission. The Exploratory account has been closed and the new bank account is open and ready to receive revenue,” Greenleaf wrote in the email.

Greenleaf’s formal announcement will take place on Wednesday, February 12 at the Seibel’s House and Garden (1601 Richland Street) in downtown Columbia.

“I thank you for your love, friendship and support over these many years and will need that support flowing heavily in mine and Michael’s direction over these next few months,” Greenleaf wrote. “I am entering this race knowing full well what I am doing. But, I have to do this for the citizens. They want a government that works together again in Washington. They want good paying American jobs created in this district. They want the federal budget balanced and reflective of the people’s values, not those of the special interests.”

Interesting …

Wilson has represented the second district since winning a 2001 special election to fill the seat vacated by the late Floyd Spence.  He is best remembered for his 2009 outburst during a congressional address from U.S. President Barack Obama – in which he famously yelled “You Lie!” at Obama.

A fiscal liberal for much of his tenure in Washington, D.C., Wilson has swung decidedly toward pro-free market views in recent years – although there is some evidence he could be swinging back.

Ideologically that is …

Anyway, like any candidate for any office, we look forward to seeing what specific policies and proposals Greenleaf brings to the table in this race.  Our website endorsed a Democrat against Wilson in 2008, and we’re obviously not afraid to do it again.