Democratic candidate Frank L. Eppes said he believes in "putting people in front of politics.
"One of the reasons I'm running for office is that I get so doggoned annoyed with people who just do lock-step stuff for their party that they know is bad because they say, 'Well, if I don't, the party leaders are going to fuss at me.' Well, that's absurd," he said.
"It's not what you're elected to do. You're elected to use your judgment and do what's best."
Frank Eppes. Strongly doggoned annoyed with those that fuss at him. And my hero.
And get a load of the other guy seeking his party's nomination, Charles Winfield (who I'm 99% certain was never on MASH). Just a few short months ago, he seemed pretty certain he was a Republican:
Eppes faces one challenger in the Democratic primary. Charles E. Winfield ran as a Republican in the June primary for the Greenville County Council seat being vacated by Mark Kingsbury, losing to Willis Meadows. Previously, he ran against Tommie Reece in the non-partisan school board elections, finishing third in a three candidate race. Now he has filed to run as a Democrat. The odds would appear to greatly favor Eppes in the primary, but he says he’s taking nothing for granted.
That's right: finished thrid in a field of three for school board. Now that's hot stuff. Surely the future of South Carolina, right there.
If you can legally vote in SC's 5th Senate district tomorrow, do the Right Thing and send Frank one step closer to the Senate. And don't forget to send him some money -- it's what makes campaigns go.