Charleston chef Dupree challenges DeMint in write-in candidacy
By Lois Romano
Voters in South Carolina on Thursday got a new Senate candidate to stew over, with the sudden write-in candidacy of prominent Charleston chef, TV show host and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree.
Dupree said that her primary goal is to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who she believes does not have the best interests of the state at heart. In a telephone interview, she said she was furious that the senator had opposed receiving earmarked money to dredge the Charleston harbor. "I don't want to give Jim DeMint a walk -- I want him to work for this," she said.
Dupree said she is a registered Democrat but that she has voted for Republicans, including for the state's other senator, Lindsey Graham.
"I have one goal in this campaign: to cook Jim DeMint's goose," she said in announcing her candidacy. "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R ) is trying, but Sen. DeMint's small-minded power plays have antagonized so many in the Senate that our state is being punished, all because he refuses to join Sen. Graham in asking for an earmark. It's wrong and it hurts our state and its people. Anyone who can't work with Lindsey Graham is not a good politician for anyone."
DeMint has been favored to win the race against Democrat Alvin Greene, an unemployed veteran who stunned the political community when he won the Democratic primary.
Dupree says she will go on her first campaign trip Friday, heading to Florence and Myrtle Beach. "I plan to go into every community to talk to people. I hope intelligent people will listen...and contribute to the campaign."
As of Thursday, she had received two $250 checks.
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