The Democratic Party in South Carolina
We all have responsibilities no matter what our party
Erwin’s speech was not necessarily motivated by a “Democrat versus Republican” mindset; rather he noted that we are all quite similar because we discuss our is- sues in reasonable formats such as debates, unlike many countries around the world who kill each other over sim- ple policy differences. Republican or Democrat, we all have responsibilities to our state and country, even if we are not in the military.
Erwin earned his position by wanting to make a difference for South Carolina, although the state Democratic Party at the time was deeply in debt and its candidates were not doing well in recent elections. However, he felt this was the time to fight hard for the Party and make changes. He stated, “when things look their bleakest, that is the time for greatest opportunity.” With that said, he ran for the position (after being talked into it by his wife, a self-described
“Independent”) and now he is charged with rebuilding the Party and recruiting “good men and women”. He will also be charged with finding a Democratic candidate to run for Governor in next year’s election. He even mentioned a few names as possible candidates, including Senator Tommy Moore from Clearwater and Senator Anson McGill from Kingstree. Erwin also offered his thoughts on Howard Dean as a national party leader who understands grassroots politics.
Erwin admits the issues are different between Democrats and Republicans, but
ultimately we all have a responsibility to elevate democracy for everyone.
In other business. . .
Jake Burrows gave the invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jim Geffert welcomed visiting Rotarians and guests. Richard von Werssowetz offered Health & Happiness, and Ellen Jackson made an announcement regard- ing the upcoming Open House. Four new members were inducted: Jeremy Cook, Gordon Jones, Wayne Outlaw, and Chaun Pflug. Andy Brack introduced our speaker, Joe Erwin.
— Amy Riley