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When the S.C. Republican Party met in Columbia last year, there was a spirited race to decide who would serve as our representatives to the Republican National Committee.
We were to elect two from South Carolina. Cindy Costa from Charleston was elected commiteewoman and Glenn McCall from Rock Hill was elected committeeman. Glenn was the first black to be elected national committeeman from our state and he was easily the overwhelming choice of that mostly conservative group.
As I listened to the speeches, it was obvious that Glenn’s conservative philosophy, his intelligence, his ability to express himself well and his basic character were factors that helped him to win. I heard nothing racial. We just voted for a person we believed in and we made history.
More recently, the state party has chosen a candidate for governor whose parents immigrated to this country from India. We are supporting a woman and a person of Indian descent. It wasn’t even a close vote.
In that same election, state Rep. Tim Scott won the Republican nomination for Congress from the First Congressional District. Rep. Scott is a respected Statehouse member with business and governmental experience. He is black.
These are all separate actions of Republicans taken without pressure or fanfare – just free citizens ignoring race and voting on quality.
By contrast, Alvin Greene exercised his right to offer for the U.S. Senate and won the nomination of the Democratic Party.
The rush to investigate Mr. Greene and to try to talk him into withdrawing was very instructive. Carol Fowler, the party chairwoman, lost her job over it. The Democrats, who always talk a good racial game, didn’t intend for Mr. Greene to be nominated and they have agonized over this.
Compare the two. One resisting and controlling. The other open and inviting.
We continue to invite minority participation in the Lancaster County Republican Party. We want more black representation of those who believe in our principles of individual freedom, smaller government, lower taxes and private property rights. We stand for freedom of opportunity.
The best way to have real freedom is for those who believe this way to exercise their privilege to choose.