Free Times: South Carolina Democrats Get Aggressive, Form Hit Squad Against GOP
By Corey Hutchins
South Carolina Democratic political consultant Tyler Jones, 25, was strolling through a Tax Day tea party rally in Columbia last month, training a hand-held video camera on any attendee willing to talk to him as Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann riled the crowd from the State House steps.
What came out of it, a six-minute video titled "Crazy," ended up as a viral tea party takedown and is now being featured as a primer for what Republicans might be in for in the coming months in this early presidential primary state.
Today, a triumvirate of young Democratic operatives in South Carolina unveiled a group they’re calling SC Forward Progress. Its thrust is to be a take-no-prisoners hit squad against what they describe as an extremist right-wing party platform in the Palmetto State.
The tax-exempt third-party outfit consists of Jones, Lachlan McIntosh and Brian Barrie.
Jones, who lives on coast, has worked on several Democratic campaigns in the state, including John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign. At 23 he was the youngest ever to serve as director of the S.C. House Democratic Caucus.
McIntosh is a Lowcountry consultant who has worked in Democratic politics for almost 20 years for big-name players such as former Gov. Jim Hodges, U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings and has also been the executive director of the state Democratic Party.
Barrie worked as the Webmaster for the Democratic Leadership of the U.S. Senate and was a communications director for an environmental group.
The new group is already planning events surrounding the May 5 Republican presidential debate in Greenville that will be co-hosted by Fox News and the SCGOP.
“I don't think it's a secret that the activists that control the South Carolina Republican Party are composed of a bunch of birthers, Birchers and bozos,” McIntosh told CNN.
SC Forward Progress plans to illustrate just that by holding a series of news conferences, public events and web videos throughout the first-in-the-South presidential primary.