Rick Wade on Principles & Values



Withdraws from race, citing too-late entrance

S.C. Democrats can't keep a candidate in a race. Rick Wade, the former Obama Administration official and cabinet head under Gov. Jim Hodges, said Thursday that he will end his U.S. Senate race against Republican Tim Scott. "I certainly had no illusions about being able to match a multimillion-dollar campaign war chest," he said. "But after a couple of months as a candidate, I've concluded that the timing of my entrance--less than a year before Election Day--had compressed the calendar too much for me to raise the money needed to mount a serious challenge."

Wade had been the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination to face Scott in the November general election. His withdrawal comes a day after state Rep. Mike Anthony, D-Union, said he would quit the race for state education superintendent. Wade's withdrawal leaves only long-shot Democratic candidate Joyce Dickerson, a Richland County councilwoman, to oppose Scott in November.

Source: The State magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , Mar 6, 2014

Commitment to listen to the people, not special interests

Wade announced his candidacy saying, "the people of South Carolina understand that Washington is broken. If we are going to solve the big problems we face & get things done, our representatives must be accountable to their constituents. That starts with 3 commitments:
  1. The commitment to listen to the people
  2. A promise to work for bipartisan solutions to fix our problems
  3. A commitment to reduce the influence of special interests that have enjoyed too much power in Washington for too long."
    Source: TheGrio webzine interview on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , Dec 13, 2013

    Ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002

    While he's never served in elected office, Wade ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002. He crisscrossed the state introducing himself to South Carolinians as a moderate with a business agenda and a conservative fiscal message. He likes to refer to himself as a country boy from Lancaster who leans on his values and faith to guide him.

    Wade oversaw the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services for three years under then-Gov. Jim Hodges.

    Source: The State magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , Aug 29, 2013

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