Democrats trolling Craigslist for candidates?

by William Moultrie

Columbia – Democrats are searching for someone willing to run against Sen. Jim DeMint for his Senate seat in the 2010 election and they appear to have taken a new tact in their recruiting efforts. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that State Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg), who had been contemplating a run, had opted out of the race.

senate-adThough the ad is unsigned, all indications are that it was posted by the South Carolina Democratic Party. The listing appears to have been posted on the site’s portals for Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville.

The ad reads:

U.S. Senate Candidate

Looking for anyone interested in running for the U.S. Senate to represent South Carolina.

Interested applicants should be at least 30 years old, be a South Carolina resident, not be convicted of a felony, and it would help if you are independently wealthy and photogenic. Proficiency at public speaking is preferred.

The application process will take you throughout the state and possibly to other states and to Washington, DC, to secure funding. You should probably have your own vehicle.

Once secured, the position pays $174,000 and includes excellent benefits including top-notch health care and travel expenses. The position will be filled in November of 2010, but the job starts in January of 2011.

The primary requirement is that you are able to prove a more reasonable choice than Sen. Jim DeMint and secure a majority of the state’s votes in the general election. In order to differentiate yourself from the incumbent, Mr. DeMint, you should:
- Not belong to a semi-Christian cult-like organization that holds sleepovers where they judge other people’s morality while glossing over their own failings.
- Not describe single mothers as unfit to teach school.
- Be less obvious when opposing legislation for purely political reasons.
- Not favor eliminating any and all minimum wages.
- Not be a Republican.

In 2004, DeMint defeated former state Superintendent of Education, Inez Tenenbaum to win the Senate seat formerly held by Democratic Senator Fritz Hollings for 39 years.

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