Monday, July 24, 2006

FITS Exclusive - Edge to Seek Senate Seat in 2008

According to multiple sources who spoke with FITS on the condition of anonymity, Horry County Rep. Tracy Edge will be a candidate for the State Senate in 2008, setting up a high-profile and potentially costly GOP primary with Katherine Jenerette for the seat currently occupied by Democrat Dick Elliot, who is rumored to be retiring.

Jenerette, a Gulf War veteran and mother of four, ran a remarkably close race against the powerful and entrenched Elliot in 2004, very nearly overcoming his sizable fundraising advantage and a costly editing error by the Myrtle Beach Sun News just before the election (the paper's Voter Guide mislabeled Elliot as the Republican candidate, and Jenerette as the Democrat).

Elliot, incidentally, received the endorsement of Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in his race against Jenerette, one of several Senate Democrats Bauer either openly endorsed or covertly supported.

Edge, who was returning from the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting in San Franciso today, was not immediately available for comment. Political consultant Richard Quinn, Sr., one of Edge's close friends, also did not immediately respond to FITS' request for comment.

Jenerette, who is currently serving on the North Myrtle Beach planning commission, has not publicly announced her 2008 Senate candidacy, but a recent Election Day advertisement in the Sun News and her comments today to FITS leave little doubt - she's running.

"The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll be the first to welcome Tracy to the race if he’s actually running," Jenerette told FITS. "People need to know that I’m not your typical politician who worries about whether she has primary opposition or not. It doesn’t change what I’m about and what my goals are for the people of this district. My campaign is going to stay focused on the regional economic and quality of life issues that resonated so well with voters two years ago, and that’s going to be the case no matter who is or isn’t running."

State Rep. Jim Battle (D-Marion) is rumored to be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if Elliot does as expected and retires.

Stay tuned to FITS for more on this developing story ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe they were returning from the American Legislative Exchange Conference...not NCSL...a big difference in the two. You don't have to post this, just thought you may wanna clean you blog up.

2:45 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...


Thanks for the tip. We appreciate our readers keeping us up to speed ...

Take care,


2:53 PM

Blogger Frank said...

Rep. Battle's House District lies in Kent Williams (D-Marion) Senate District. Unless Jim is preparing to move, he can't run.

3:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe he is doing it Wallace-style hahaha.

4:17 PM

Anonymous a friend said...


It is pretty convenient is it not for you to pretend to be a reporter who is offering this as fair and balanced news when is the fact that you are "working" (with) MRS. (let us repeate MRS.) Jenerette.

You rail rail rail on the rest fo us hypocrytes. What say you Judas?

4:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...pretend to be a reporter.."
This is a blog....not a newspaper.

7:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenerette is a loose cannon.

7:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean that K. " I will run for anything" Jenerette is going to run for something else. You say that the locals won't support Edge but you are sadly mistaken. He should be able to walk away with the nomination if she choses to run.
Edge has the support of some very popular local officals and folks.

8:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenerette is a loose cannon

She certainly has the background of a lose cannon (from her bio at www.jenerette.com)

Katherine Jenerette served as an aide and Field Representative to U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, 1st Congressional District, SC. Katherine served with the US Army 3d Armored Division in Operation Desert Storm and has taught American History and Western Civilization for Southeastern Community College and the American Military University. She received her Bachelors Degree in History from USC - Coastal Carolina Campus and holds a Masters Degree from USC - Columbia. She was a recognized NCAA Big South All Conference Runner in Track when she competed for USC Coastal.

Katherine is currently working on a book about her experiences during the Persian Gulf War, "The Desert and the Storm: Recollections of the Gulf War." Her post graduate school work includes ongoing research of the NOTITIA DIGNITATUM - a Latin manuscript written during the 5th century A.D. about the ROMAN ARMY and MILITARY units, their disposition and 'order of battle' during the period of the late Roman empire. Katherine presented her initial research at the University of South Carolina Second Annual Late Antiquity Symposium - held in Columbia, South Carolina in May 1998.

In 2004 Katherine was a candidate for the South Carolina Senate and scored an upset victory in Horry County nearly unseating one of the most powerful Democrat Senators in the state. Katherine missed sending Senator Dick Elliott(D) into retirement by a mere 1880 votes out of over 30,500 votes in a race that would have mader her the only female Republican Senator the state of South Carolina. The votes from Dillon, Marlboro and Marion Counties gave incumbent Senator Elliott a slim victory.

Katherine is married to Van Jenerette, a U.S. Army veteran who was an aide to U.S. Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Coastal Carolina University. They have four children.

Katherine is a member of the North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission, served as the CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association and has been a volunteer on many campaigns including Senator Arthur Ravenel, Jr.'s bid for Governor of South Carolina and North Carolina's U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole's campaign as well as North Carolina U.S. Congressman Robin Haye's successful re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

8:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenerette will never beat Edge no matter how much Will Foolks hypes her.

8:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean that K. " I will run for anything" Jenerette is going to run for something else.

Katherine Jenerette has only ran in one other general election, beside the Senate 2004 race. I suspect SENATE 2008 is the same seat as before; not something else.

9:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can somebody just run another picture of her, puuuhleeeze?????

11:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I detect Campbell campaign operatives seeking employ in the Edge campaign?

Whatcha gonna do when Mark McBride announces his bid for the same senate seat?

1:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

McBride doesn't live in the district. I highly doubt that he would be able to beat Luke and I don't think that Edge would be to worried by Mark.

1:53 PM

Anonymous GOP consultant said...

Jenerette keeps this BS going that she is "not your typical politician". Well she has run for office three times and is 0 for 3. Her husband is 0 for 3. It is strange how you get quotes from her. It is looking like you work for her and have to pump up her candidacy. She has been trying to minimize Edge's potential campaign as if she is scared for him to run. One must wonder why? Her last race for City Council months ago saw get creamed in a race with less than twenty percent of the vote which shows no momentum from the Senate campaign. Then she ran a half page ad in the local paper basically declaring her candidacy for a race two years away. That was a waste of money and a sign of a need for attention. She has got to be praying that Edge will not run because she can't match his record, network of grass roots support, and fundraising ability. I once worked as a consultant against Edge a few years ago and threw everything at him and he still won. Knowing both of them take it from my , Edge wins a blowout!

12:43 PM

Blogger Martin Guerre said...

Si le bord est en une position si supérieure dans une course politique possible avec Catherine Jeanerette, elle ne devrait poser absolutly aucun problème pour lui. Le bord devrait choisir la peinture et les rideaux pour le bureau vide du sénateur Elliot's.

7:56 PM


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