Gloria Bromell Tinubu is needed in Washington to help ensure funding is secured for the Port of Georgetown, something that must take place in order to save jobs and create new ones.
That is the message of the United Steelworkers Local 7898 which has endorsed the Plantersville native, a Democrat who faces Republican Tom Rice in the race to be the very first representative for the recently-created 7th Congressional District.
Local USW President James Sanderson says Tinubu “has reached out to businesses, seniors, working people, retirees, and the young people of our district in order to demonstrate her dedication and commitment in serving all the people.”
Referring to the recent statement made by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Sanderson said Tinubu “understands her job will be to represent 100 percent of the people — not just 47 percent.”
“The labor movement here in South Carolina is under attack and leading the charge is Governor Nikki Haley. Gloria’s opponent is being supported and endorsed by the Governor,” Sanderson said. “This clearly is an indication that Gloria’s opponent will be supporting her agenda against the fine working people of South Carolina. Clearly the working people need to support someone that supports them.”
Sanderson says Tinubu will join the efforts of Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Jim Clyburn in fighting for the ports of South Carolina.
Sanderson said unless the port dredging occurs, Georgetown’s steel mill will be forced to close. When asked if there is a deadline for having the port dredged to save the mill, Sanderson said “yes” but declined to reveal that date.
Sanderson said the ports in Georgetown and Charleston would have already been dredged but Republicans say such funding from the Federal government is earmarks and state officials have passed on opportunities to seek dredging funds.
“They were more concerned in defeating President Obama than helping the State of South Carolina,” Sanderson said.
Last week, Rice received the endorsement of Tim Tilley, owner of Envirosep and chairman of the Georgetown County Economic Development Alliance and the Alliance’s Port Dredging Task Force.
Sanderson said the reason for Tilley’s endorsement is because he “is laying the ground work for a future candidacy in politics.”
Besides the port dredging, Sanderson said there are other reasons the union is supporting Tinubu.
“Gloria supports women to be paid same as men doing the same job. Gloria supports helping college students with college loans. Gloria supports Social Security and Medicare [and] won’t support any measure that eliminates these programs for the seniors,” he said.
Tinubu to appear twice
Tinubu’s name will be on the ballot twice on Election Day.
She is the party nominee for both the Democratic Party and the South Carolina Working Families Party.
Her name will appear under both parties on the ballot.
“Fusion voting,” as it’s called, is when a candidate is a nominee for more than one party. Every vote cast for a fusion candidate, no matter under which party the vote is cast, is counted.
Rice denies allegation
Also in the District 7 race, Rice said that a blog report tying him to a federal investigation is false.
The Columbia-based FITSNews blog, written by Will Folks, a former SC gubernatorial spokesman with the tagline “unfair and unbalanced”, claims to have sources who say Rice is a person of interest in a case.
Federal authorities have conducted interviews over the past few years involving a possible Horry County-based campaign contributions scandal.
“It’s nonsense,” Rice told Georgetown Times news partner WBTW TV-13. “That stuff is from 2008, I wasn’t even in politics then.”
The investigation first brought to light by a local paper, reportedly looks into more than $200,000 in campaign contributions given to elected officials.
The donations followed the passage of a one-percent sales tax increase, money used by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce to promote the destination out-of-market.
Rice said some blog writers have political agendas.
“I had nothing to do with it. Mr. Folks has written negative things about me in the past and I’m sure he’ll do it again,” Rice said.
The U.S. Attorney’s office spokeswoman in Columbia could not confirm or deny whether any cases are in front of a Grand Jury.
State Rep. Tracy Edge, (R) North Myrtle Beach, is one of the elected officials that federal investigators have spoken to about this case.
Edge said he was unsure about the campaign donations and eventually returned them.
“It has caused me a lot of problems since, and it’s kind of hard to figure out why — unless you think there is a whole lot at stake for some people,” Edge said.
Edge is no longer working as an executive at major real-estate company Burroughs & Chapin.
Edge said he didn’t believe authorities would have named Rice a person of interest in the case.
He did say that if something comes out of the case it could become a huge issue for the area.
By Scott Harper
Georgetown Times news partner WBTW TV-13 contributed to this story.
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