Harpootlian, who defeated Charleston businessman Phil Noble for the position, is expected to jump on Republican leaders in the state immediately, including with TV ads set to air in the next week, the State newspaper reported.
“I hope Nikki Haley gets a good night’s sleep tonight,” Harpootlian said, according to the paper. “Because it’s going to be the last one she gets for a long time.”
Democrats are coming off a tough election cycle in the Palmetto State, including the loss by former 14-term Rep. John Spratt. Just before stepping down from the post in 2003, Harpootlian told the State: “I consider myself to be a street fighter. I don’t know any other way to make my point other than aggressively.”
Taking Action Toward 2012
USAction, a progressive grass-roots organization, recently announced the hiring of Noris Weiss Malvey as director of development and Patty Snee as national field director.
Weiss Malvey previously directed fundraising efforts at the Economic Policy Institute and had stints at several other organizations as well. Her experience includes working as a political consultant, including for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Snee was the longtime deputy director of the Progressive Action Network, which developed fundraising, grass-roots organizing and membership development strategies for national progressive organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice America.
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Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.