At this same one event, the representative of South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District watched his daughter win an award, named after one of his heroes, in recognition of her own heroic accomplishments, and then introduced the woman who’s rapidly becoming the latest hero of the Democratic Party.
Hosted by the West Ashley Democrats and the Charleston County and state Democratic parties, approximately 600 attended the Saturday evening event at Charleston Maritime Center.
Mignon Clyburn received the Marjorie Amos-Frazier “Pacesetter” Award for her “community service and professional accomplishments,” said Kaye Koonce, chair the event’s award committee. In August 2009, the congressman’s daughter was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate to assume the chair of the Federal Communications Commission, and was previously chair of the state’s Public Service Commission.
Both she and her father spoke in praise of the late Amos-Frazier, known throughout the region for community activism, and both attributed her open-door policy of advising community members, including themselves, to have had positive impact on following generations in the Charleston area.
“(Amos-Frazier) was one of the best friends I ever had,” said Rep. Clyburn, who credited the late county councilwoman for guiding many in the community to be “tenacious advocates for what’s just and what’s right.”
And U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, keynote speaker for this second annual Blue Jamboree, is quite an advocate herself, the congressman said in introduction of the Democratic National Committee’s chairwoman, who then credited Clyburn for mentoring her in the U.S. capitol.
During her second term from 2007-09, Wasserman Schultz was chief deputy whip under then-majority whip Clyburn.
With the same dedicated oomph she used while aiding Clyburn, the DNC chair made the stance of the party quite clear, and on both state and national issues.
The Democratic Party is the party for the future of American children, she said, offering the recent renovations to student loans that bypass secondary loaners. “Eight million more kids are now receiving college funding.”
Democrats are the future for a sound environment, as well, Wasserman Schulz said, offering the government’s new investments in green energy as example.
It’s the party benefitting middle-class taxpayers in representation, and the party of Wall Street reform, too, she offered, stipulating how Democrats blocked investment firms from ever receiving additional bail-out funding ever again.
And Democrats in Washington, D.C. could extend this representation further, were it not for Republican congressmen’s recent delay tactics.
The American Jobs Act – which includes additional federal funding for public schools, tax credits for companies hiring disabled veterans, and federal income tax cuts of $1,500 on middle-class families – was recently held up by Republican senators.
And for no valid reason, either, as the funding, credits and cuts included in the jobs act “are entirely paid for,” Wasserman Schultz said.
The GOP seems to be delaying any programs for improvement until right before the 2012 election next November, said Wasserman Schultz, and with apparent intentions to ignore public needs until it can benefit their campaigns.
“But if you’re working paycheck to paycheck, you don’t have 13 months,” Wasserman Schultz said. And to counterpunch the standard GOP counterargument, “a child needs an education more than a millionaire needs a tax break,” she said.
“We’re on your side,” Wasserman Schultz reminded the attending Democrats in her concluding request for their involvement in next year’s elections. “We’re going to surprise some people.”
Other speakers last night were Mayor Joe Riley, former U.S. Rep. Liz Patterson, state Rep. Bakari Sellers and Jaime Harrison, SCDP 1st Vice Chair.