Congressional candidate to Lowcountry crowd: "We can do better"

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Congressional candidate to Lowcountry crowd: "We can do better"

By PATRICK DONOHUE
pdonohue@beaufortgazette.com
Published Saturday, March 24, 2012   |  287 Words  |  

Wet and windy weather did not deter a local congressional candidate from briefly addressing members of the Beaufort County Democrat Party during the organization's annual fish fry Saturday at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort.

Bobbie Rose, a Charleston Democrat who will oppose incumbent Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, in November, shouted an abbreviated version of her stump speech to an audience of about 100 local Democrats in the middle of the park's pavilion after rain rendered the event's public address system useless.

"I'm not a loud speaker but I'm going to do my best," Rose joked shortly after a man sitting nearby loudly banged his cane against a table to silence the chattering crowd. "I'm hoping you'll have me back so I can do the whole thing."

In the two-minute speech, Rose said she was running on a platform of job creation, improving education statewide and protecting women's right, and added that her affection for the state prompted her to seek elected office.

"I love South Carolina," Rose said. "I love the beaches. I love the history. I love the culture and I love the people, but we can do better. I think there's something I can do for this state. I want to be your voice, the voice of the 1st Congressional District, in Congress."

South Carolina's 1st Distric includes the southern two-thirds of Beaufort County.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-West Columbia, has represented Beaufort and Jasper counties in Washington since his election in 2001, but new political boundaries based on data from the 2010 census shifted his district inland.

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