MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - South Carolina lawmakers are reacting to reports that former Senate candidate Jaime Harrison has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden as the new chair of the Democratic National Convention.
Sen. Lindsey Graham congratulated his former opponent after learning of the news Thursday, saying that he’s “confident he will do a good job representing the Democratic cause.”
He also wished Harrison “good luck, but not too much luck.”
Harrison ran against Graham in November’s general election, which Graham won to earn his fourth term in the Senate. Despite the loss, Harrison’s campaign reportedly brought in record-setting fundraising numbers, including over $57 million in the final quarter.
The decision was met with much praise from state Democrats. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who has had close ties to Harrison, praised the decision in a statement issued Thursday.
“I’ve known Jaime Harrison for years — I know his heart, his passion for our Party, his unmatched work ethic — and I commend President-elect Biden on an excellent choice,” he said. “A son of rural South Carolina, Jaime’s life and experience have uniquely prepared him for this moment and this mission. Jaime has been one of my most senior aides, an innovative state party chairman, and a remarkable candidate for public office. Like the millions of Democrats across our country, I am ready to work alongside him and President-elect Biden to take the Democratic Party to higher heights.”
Former South Carolina Congressman Joe Cunningham also offered a statement on Twitter, saying Harrison “has the experience and vision necessary to lead our party at this critical time.”
Harrison is expected to be elected next Thursday in a virtual session of the DNC, a day after Biden is inaugurated. He would succeed Tom Perez, who stated he would not run for another term as chair.
Harrison has previously served as the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
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