And at a campaign address he made on Thursday, pseudo-Democrat Ben Frasier confirmed that reputation with a verbal faux pas.
Speaking to 45 who attended the Summerville NAACP meeting at County Council Chambers, this 1st District primary candidate asked attendees to “be sure to vote.
“If you don’t vote for me, then vote for the other party.”
Many attendees, some of whom are officers of the Dorchester County Democratic Party, shook their heads in disbelief.
When questioned immediately after the meeting ended, Frasier first denied making the comment.
“I said ‘vote for the other Democrat,’” he insisted.
When four other attendees then directly confirmed to Frasier they heard him say “vote for the other party,” his story slightly changed.
“I didn’t mean ‘other political party,’” he said; “I meant that as ‘vote for Busch.’”
Frasier’s opponent in the March 19 Democratic primary is Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.
Over last 31 years, Frasier has run for U.S. Congress 19 times, consistenly using platforms that are the antithesis of Democratic principles: anti-labor, anti-welfare, against the national healthcare plan, in favor of offshore drilling, and even calling for lower taxes on wealth.
In the process, he’s developed reputation of being recruited by the Republican Party to interfere with black voters. After African-American Frasier loses a Democratic primary race, the premise infers, black voters will be less likely to participate in the General Election.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, the state’s one African-American congressional representative, has supported this same “Republican plant” theory, as he told national media after Frasier’s surprise primary win in 2010.
While consistently denying his campaigns are organized to damage those of other Democratic candidates (“I’m not a plant,” he recently told Post & Courier’s Robert Behre), Frasier has openly admitted his stances are not in alignment with the Democratic Party.
In fact, “I think I’d be more welcome in the Republican Party,” he told the Horry Independent during his 2006 campaign.
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