BUT … WHY?
The South Carolina Democratic Party (SCDP) will contest another “swing” district in 2016 – with attorney Victor Li filing to run for S.C. House District 53 (map here).
This rural seat – which straddles the North Carolina border and includes parts of Chesterfield and Lancaster counties – is currently held by “Republican” Richie Yow. He’s the GOP candidate who was narrowly defeated in 2012 by Democrat Ted Vick (yes, that guy) but claimed the seat two years later when Vick declined to seek reelection.
Li says he’s running “out of a frustration with Columbia’s inability to pass a bill to improve our roads and infrastructure necessary to attract new industry to the rural parts of our State and with Columbia’s refusal to pass a bill that fully funds rural school districts so that our students can be prepared to compete in the 21st century workforce.”
In other words, he’s a big government liberal who believes more taxing and spending is just what South Carolina needs to move forward.
Yow? He’s one of the “Republicans” who voted to raise the gas tax … so we’re curious why Democrats would run someone against him. Hell, he’s already effectively a member of their party …