I am notified by colleague Cindi Scoppe that one of the five candidates I’m supposed to interview tomorrow (out of the 55 such interviews that were set for this month) has canceled on us. Thank the Lord for his small blessings.
I thought for a moment she meant he was rescheduling, but apparently he’s canceling altogether.
Who is it who’s not showing? Henry Jordan, who is running for — hang on, let me check — the Republican nomination for gov lite.
Why? Well, here’s what I was told:
Henry Jordan’s campaign called Sandy and cancelled his meeting for tomorrow. Said they did not feel like they could get a fair shake from The State and Jordan needed to spend his time campaigning. Sandy asked the person to leave a message on my voice mail; that message said merely that Jordan was canceling the interview.
That’s it. No further explanation. Apparently Dr. Jordan has no confidence that he’d have a chance of being endorsed when he’s running against Andre Bauer. I don’t know what precipitated such a crisis of confidence. I can’t remember us writing anything about Dr. Jordan recently. And it’s hard to imagine that a guy would worry about, say, being misquoted when he’s best known for having said, as a member of the state school board, "Screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims. And put that in the minutes."
Seriously. I think he was talking about the Ten Commandments at the time.
I guess he’s gotten shy with the passage of time.
Anyway, that makes him the ranking office-seeker of this particular election cycle to refuse to come in for his interview. It’s really pretty rare for that to happen. The all-time ranking refusal came from Gov. Jim Hodges, who refused to come in to defend his re-election bid in 2002 — the only time that’s happened with a gubernatorial candidate in my years on the board.
Out of the 55, two others have said they wouldn’t come:
Joe Owens, Lexington County councilman. That puzzled me. We have both agreed and disagreed with Mr. Owens in the past. We did not endorse him last time. But I ran into him in the Food Lion a few months ago, and we had a fairly normal and agreeable conversation about county politics, so I don’t know what’s under his skin now. He told Warren Bolton he knew we would endorse Bill Banning, so what’s the point? I remember Mr. Banning’s name, but have only met him once or twice, and am having trouble remembering what he looks like (sorry about that). I suppose I’ll remember right away when he comes in — and his opponent doesn’t.
R.L.B. Jay Julius (aka, "BJ the DJ"), seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Lexington County’s one Democratic councilman, Billy Derrick. I don’t recall whether I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Julius, but he sounds like such a meeting would have been interesting.
That leaves 52.