ShareThis Page
Nation

Former governor hopes voters forget flag issue

| Friday, June 4, 2004

COLUMBIA -- In a state where people spend their weekends re-enacting what happened in 1865, former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley is hoping voters can forget what went on just a few years ago.

In 1998, Beasley lost his re-election bid after he pushed to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome. Now he is running for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, whose seat is up for grabs for the first time in nearly 40 years.

While Beasley, 47, enjoys a clear lead over the five other Republicans heading into Tuesday's primary, political observers question whether the one-term governor can shake his past.

A runoff for the GOP nomination appears unavoidable. And if Beasley survives a runoff, he is expected to face a promising, conservative Democrat in the fall: state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum.

"In modern American history, a governor who is turned out of office usually does not gain high office again," said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, who specializes in presidential and Southern politics.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me