Dear Friends and Fellow Democrats:
As your newly-elected member of the Democratic National Committee, I had the honor of representing you last week at our winter meeting in Washington. We had a full house, including your other representatives from South Carolina—Chairman Dick Harpootlian, DNC Member/State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, and SCDP 2nd Vice Chair Melissa Watson. Former DNC Chairman Don Fowler, who was Chair of the DNC during the Clinton Administration, was also in attendance as an At-Large Delegate, as well as Kingstree native Helen McFadden, who serves as the Parliamentarian of the Committee.
We, along with Democrats from across America, met at the Omni Shoreham where we elected some new officers, and kept others on board. It was a pleasure to re-elect Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz of Florida, who not only led our Party to success in 2012, but who helps lead the fight for women’s issues in Congress.
We also elected a new DNC Secretary and other officers, all by acclamation, and I can assure you they will work diligently for our Party as we move FORWARD in our President’s second term.
The meeting was the day after the 2nd Inauguration of President Obama, which I enjoyed celebrating with more than a million others who descended on the Nation’s Capitol. It was because of your efforts, that we have another four years to continue the economic recovery, rebuild America’s reputation around the globe, and continue the fight for middle class Americans—ensuring the economy grows from the middle out, not the top down.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and our Party on the DNC, I look forward to our paths crossing soon.
All the best,
H. Boyd Brown
Gabby Giffords just came out and led us in the pledge of allegiance. Regardless of party – what a moving moment to see a politician who personally has sacrificed so much leading us in the pledge.
Truly a defining moment of the evening and a moment that defines what it means when people say they are proud to be an American.
The entire convention and rest of the nation just watched a fantastic short video about Edith Childs who was the woman responsible for starting the Fired Up, Ready to Go chant back in 2008.
The mood in the SC delegation was electric and were just getting started. Another SC native is rumored to be addressing the crowd in the 8pm hour…. Stay tuned
So far the convention has heard from a number of great speakers including Alejandra Salinas who is the President of the College Democrats of America and legendary civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis.
There will be many musical guests throughout the evening but we’ve already heard a phenomenal 3-song set from James Taylor which was a highlight for many members in the SC Delegation. He had one of the finest lines of the convention so far when he said “I’m an old white guy and I love Barack Obama” – Maybe we can get that made into a tee-shirt.
Governor Martin O’Malley addressed the SC delegation this morning.
He ran through a long list of reasons we should be fired up and ready to go. He discussed the sad situation with our Governor and how Gov. Haley has rolled back personal freedoms (voting, women’s rights etc) and then asked ”What the hell do any of those have to do with moving us forward and creating jobs?” –> A good question and one that SC residents should think about before they vote in November.
O’Malley went on to talk about some of the things he’s done in Maryland like expanding health care, freezing tuition costs for in-state colleges, among others and reminded us that all these are choices. We must choose to move forward, create jobs, educate our children and create a better America.