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 ...