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Former Gov. Jim Hodges is one of South Carolina's greatest citizens. He is the type of leader who puts right ideas and right actions ahead of his own political well being.
During his term as governor of South Carolina he wisely removed the Confederate flag from the state capital dome, signed the bill that recognized Martin Luther King's birthday as an official holiday and ended the legalization of the video poker industry which had plagued the weak and poor of his state even though he knew this would create political and economic ammunition for his powerful rivals.
On the night of the historic CNN Black Caucus Institute Democratic debate, he stood in the cold with the average people, he rode the bus with the average people and he sat and conversed with the average people instead of exercising the VIP status that he has earned.
Gov. Jim Hodges is a man of the people and a giant among men.
Herbert J. Riley