Gantt bumped from Wednesday lineup
Charlotte — For the second night in a row, the Democratic National Convention didn’t have room for one of South Carolina’s sons.
Harvey Gantt, a Charlestonian and Burke High School graduate, was expected to take the stage Wednesday to introduce a video tribute of recently deceased Democratic Party stalwarts.
There wasn’t time for the video or Gantt, the first black student admitted to Clemson University and the first black mayor of Charlotte.
The same thing happened Tuesday night to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the Palmetto State’s sole Democratic congressman. His scheduled appearance got bumped.
The official reason both nights: Speakers generated a lot of applause, causing the schedule to run behind.
Gantt and Clyburn are thought to be part of tonight’s run-up to President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. Or not.
Clyburn was philosophical about his break, saying he looked at the glass as half full. “I don’t have a problem with last night,” he said.