Alexis Levinson of the Daily Caller wrote about comments made by SCDP Chairman Dick Harpootlian at last night’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Columbia, South Carolina. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker.
In the article Levinson wrote:
Four days before former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch face off in a race to become the next U.S. representative from South Carolina’s First District, state Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian promised to send Sanford “back to the plantation.”
“We’re not the fools you think we are,” Harpootlian said, “and we’re gonna send Mark Sanford back to the plantation, or Argentina or wherever.”
Of course, people involved in South Carolina politics already have common knowledge of something Levinson apparently did not know (since it’s nowhere in her article.) The Sanford family owns Coosaw Plantation (pictured above) in Beaufort County. In fact, they got a $2.5 million conservation easement on the property last year. I know Sanford always used to refer to it as “the farm” when he was running for Governor and in office and maybe he still does. Laurin Manning recently blogged at HuffPo about some details of the Sanford divorce settlement that reference Coosaw Plantation.00
Levinson also reported:
Shortly thereafter, Vincent Sheheen, a Democrat who is challenging Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014, and who narrowly lost to her in 2010, promised to send his political opponent, “back to wherever the hell she came from.”
However, Twitchy reports that Chris Moody of Yahoo News tweeted that those comments were also made by Harpootlian.
South Carolina Dem Party Chairman says he hopes candidate Vince Sheheen will send “Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.”
— Chris Moody013
I would tend to believe Harpootlian made those comments, and not Sheheen.
UPDATE: Levinson tweets to me that the story has been corrected to say Harpootlian made the comment. Sure, typing “Vince Sheheen” instead of “Harpootlian” is a “typo”
@jeffquinton Harpootlian. My story had a typo that has since been corrected.
— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) May 4, 2013