Politics gets in the blood, and once it’s there, it’s there for good.
Although time constraints imposed upon him by law school have forced Boyd Brown to not seek a third term to the S.C. State House of Representatives, Fairfield County’s representative in District 41 announced last week his plans to seek a seat on the Democratic National Committee.
“It’s a purely political job,” Brown said. “It’s not a government job. It’s strategy and policy and messaging that policy. It’s working to get people elected to office and helping push ideas that I believe in.”
And, Brown said, it’s about bringing money in from the national party to state campaigns.
“Barak Obama was closer in 2008 to winning South Carolina than anyone since Jimmy Carter,” Brown said. “Vincent Sheheen nearly beat Nikki Haley. S.C. Democrats are on the rise, and I will be working to bring back money to run campaigns and get Democrats elected. And that’s not just money for Democrats. That’s money for the entire state. Primary elections generate millions of dollars for the state of South Carolina.”
The State Committee currently consists of three members — Don Fowler, Gilda Cobb-Hunter and Matthew Richardson. Richardson is vacating his seat at the end of his term, opening a potential spot for Brown during the May 12 election of committee members at the state convention.
Brown said the six meetings each year would certainly not impose the same time constraints to his law school endeavors the way the six-month sessions at the House have, and he said he is looking forward to the opportunity.
“Southern Democrats need a strong voice in the national party,” Brown said, “and I look forward to exchanging ideas with Democrats from across the country.”
Brown also said he hopes to ensure South Carolina maintains its “First in the South” status during the 2016 primaries, and he is already lining up endorsements within the party.
“As one of Boyd’s closest friends in the House, I know firsthand of his willingness to fight for Democrats and those ideals which we believe,” said Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg). “He is a nightmare for the Republican Party, as is evidenced by his constant full-court press against Nikki Haley in Columbia.”
“Boyd Brown has taken the Republicans to task for their failure to lead from day one at the State House,” said Will Maxey, Third Vice-Chair for the S.C. Democratic Party, “and he has my full support.”
For more information about Brown’s campaign to become a DNC Committeeman, visit Facebook.com/BrownDNC.