Former S.C. lawmaker “Cousin” Arthur Ravenel Jr. was among those saying officials were moving too fast after the Emanuel AME Church shootings to address taking down the Confederate flag.
He also didn’t agree with Gov. Nikki Haley’s call for action just a day after the church held its first service since its nine members were killed.
“I think she jumped the gun,” he said when contacted last week. “I think she should have waited till next week.”
Ravenel, who served as Charleston’s congressman and in the state Legislature, would not say if he felt it was time to take the flag down. He supported the 2000 compromise that took the flag off the Statehouse dome and moved it to the Confederate monument.
“Everyone thought at the time that it was a good compromise,” he said. “Since it has been in effect, it has served the state well.”
Ravenel added, “It’s important to a lot of heritage people. I’m a heritage person and I always have been.”
As far as what the Statehouse does about the flag, “I’m not going to judge legislation that I have no say in,” he said.
S.C. Democratic leaders moved to squash a fundraising appeal issued last week by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tied to the Confederate flag.
The email alert went out asking participants whether the flag should come down from “outside a state Capitol.”
“President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and leaders nationwide have DEMANDED that this flag be taken down. But there are still Republican candidates for president refusing to take a side. So we want your opinion.”
After clicking on the screen to enter a vote, the user was linked to a money solicitation page, asking for a donation of $15 to more than $1,000.
S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison has asked the money link to be halted, saying it was not respectful in light of the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME that left nine people dead.
State officials have announced the election calendar to fill Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s vacant Senate District 45 seat through a special election.
Pinckney, D-Ridgeland, was one of nine people killed inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, where he was also pastor.
Filing for the seat opens at noon Friday and closes July 13. Because Friday is the recognized July Fourth state holiday, interested candidates will not be able to submit paperwork until July 6.
The party primaries will be Sept. 1, if necessary, with Sept. 15 the runoff. The special election will be Oct. 20.
District 45 includes portions of Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.
Candidates file with county election boards where they reside.
Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum returns to The Citadel on Tuesday for an Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security forum. It was rescheduled as a result of the shooting at Emanuel AME. The event will go forward at 12:30 p.m., Room 165 in Bond Hall.