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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.

By Lois Roman  | September 30, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
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Comments

Good lets support him --at least make Deminted have very wet socks...

Posted by: jetlone | October 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to the chef! DeMint is exactly the sort of politician that nobody in America needs to have in front of a camera or in public office.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | October 1, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

There may be hope for South Carolina yet! That could be a great coalition for the state: Dupree, a Democrat who has voted for Republicans, and Lindsay Graham, one of the few Republicans who hasn't lost his mind or his integrity.

Posted by: jlhare1 | October 1, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

King Jim will not be pleased. Alvin Greene is his candidate (keep investigating) and, even though this is obviously a long shot, tomorrow's polls should be interesting.

Posted by: rogied25 | September 30, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Senator DeMint has had one goal in mind since he joined the Senate. To work for himself and only hinself. Does he actually cared about the people in his State? No!
Plus he still hasn't answered questions about his past dealings with "The Family" of C Street in Washington, D.C..
Honestly and Integrity should be part of a US Senator and Demint fails all tests. The good people of South Carolina would be best served if they laid-off this man who has consistantly voted against Families, Small Business and the Unemployed. The people of South Carolina needs someone to work for them and not against them.

Posted by: sumo1 | September 30, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Senator DeMitt has had one goal in mind since he joined the Senate. To work for himself and only hinself. Does he actually cared about the people in his State? No!
Plus he still hasn't answered questions about his past dealings with "The Family" of C Street in Washington, D.C..
Honestly and Integrity should be part of a US Senator and Demitt fails all tests. The good people of South Carolina would be best served if they laid-off this man who has consistantly voted against Families, Small Business and the Unemployed. The people of South Carolina needs someone to work for them and not against them.

Posted by: sumo1 | September 30, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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