Anyone who goes to vote in South Carolina's Jan. 19 Republican primary may see Cap Fendig's name on the ballot and wonder who is he?
In fact, Fendig came to Charleston on Tuesday to try to get something that has largely eluded him since he declared as a Republican presidential candidate four months ago: a little attention.
The Glenn County (Ga.) commissioner entered the presidential race Sept. 6, and South Carolina is one of the few states where he actually will appear on the ballot. Most other states, including his own, have left him off.
While Fendig, 53, knows he won't win, he is undeterred in his quest to bring awareness to what he sees as the most critical issue the next president will face: the coming problems with fixing Social Security, Medicare and other federal entitlements.
"Americans have to realize that the financial stability of this nation is going to fail in the next 10 to 20 years," he said. "If we don't reform the system, we'll continue to borrow until we're bankrupt."
He also plans to campaign here today before going up to Myrtle Beach on Thursday in hopes of joining the GOP debate there.
Fendig, a small-business owner, said he largely is financing his $300,000 campaign, and he has been disappointed that he hasn't been able to attract more respect from state political parties and the national media. He spent six weeks in Iowa without much luck there. He said he hopes not only to spread his message but also to ultimately land a position inside the White House as a staffer to the next president.
Two other GOP candidates you might not recognize on the ballot are Hugh Cort, an Alabama physician, and John Cox, a Chicago businessman.