314 Motion Fund endorses Joe Cunningham’s SC governor bid

A science-targeted outside advocacy team that heavily invested in Joe Cunningham’s two bids for U.S. Congress will stick to the Lowcountry Democrat into South Carolina’s governor’s race.

314 Motion, a nationwide political action committee, endorsed Cunningham’s bid for governor Monday. It is the group’s initially endorsement of a gubernatorial challenger in the 2022 cycle, the team mentioned in a information release delivered to The Point out.

Cunningham faces two Democratic major challengers — point out Sen. Mia McLeod of Richland County and Democratic activist Gary Votour — whilst, so significantly, no high-profile candidate has posed a challenge to incumbent Republican Gov. Henry McMaster a year out from a major contest.

“South Carolina deserves a chief in Columbia who will operate with details and information to assist persons and increase the overall economy, and a science-minded engineer like Joe Cunningham is the person to provide that transform,” Shaughnessy Naughton, president and founder of 314 Action, reported in a statement criticizing McMaster’s reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak.

McMaster has taken heat from Democrats and Republicans about his reaction to the pandemic, irrespective of whether it was that he did not implement a mask necessity or depart certain organizations to decide for on their own whether or not to open up or near, for illustration.

McMaster has defended his position, telling reporters as lately as final 7 days he had no regrets about his dealing with of the outbreak.

Naughton ongoing, “With Joe as the nominee, there is no question he will be the governor that South Carolinians are worthy of — since as 2020 confirmed us, candidates with powerful science backgrounds, who listen to points in its place of misinformation, and who are fully commited to preventing on behalf of the individuals of their point out are winners.”

Cunningham, a design legal professional in Charleston, narrowly missing his 2020 reelection bid to Republican Nancy Mace in South Carolina’s coastal 1st Congressional District. In earlier political races, Cunningham commonly called himself an ocean engineer when referring to his time working for a maritime and environmental consulting business in Florida.

A Democrat has not won statewide considering the fact that Jim Rex was elected condition superintendent of education and learning in 2006, and the previous time South Carolina voters despatched a Democrat to the governor’s business was Jim Hodges in 1998.

Democrats will have to appeal to teams with really serious war chests to triumph over McMaster’s fundraising abilities — a problem Democrats overcame in 2020 when Jaime Harrison unsuccessfully challenged Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham but have struggled to do in other statewide races.

But 314 Motion claimed it is prepared to make investments time and funds to make sure Cunningham wins the Democratic nomination and the business.

The investment will be part of a $50 million goal to elect pro-science candidates in 2022, with beginning targets in seven U.S. Senate races, 40 U.S. Home races and 21 statewide races, which include South Carolina’s governor’s race, 314 Motion explained.

314 Motion poured additional than $1 million into Cunningham’s unsuccessful reelection bid and assisted lifted nearly $30,000 in his marketing campaign in opposition to now-Rep. Mace.

In 2018, when Cunningham stunned political observers and defeat Republican nominee Katie Arrington for the seat formerly held by Mark Sanford, the team spent $523,000 in advertisements to highlight Cunningham’s place to ban offshore drilling.

“For also long, our state has been led by governors who put politics forward of science,” Cunningham reported in a supplied assertion. “When it will come to tackling COVID-19, climate change, general public education or cost-effective healthcare, I’ll be a governor who listens to the industry experts and can make decisions based mostly on details and info.”

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Maayan Schechter (My-yahn Schek-ter) has coated the S.C. Point out House and politics for The Point out due to the fact 2017. She grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 2013. She beforehand worked at the Aiken Common and the Greenville Information. She has gained reporting awards in South Carolina.
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