Hutto hits Graham, again, for not being ‘downhome’ enough

There’s not much new about it. It’s his usual thing about how he thinks the job of a U.S. senator should be about worrying about everyday conditions on the ground here in South Carolina rather than in the rest of the nation and the world.

Which isn’t my concept of a senator’s role at all. When I hear Hutto say these things, I sometimes wonder whether he ought to quit the South Carolina Senate and run for county council. He seems to be all about the local level.

But don’t go by me. He’s running a populist campaign, and I don’t have a populist bone in my body.

Here’s the release that goes with the ad:

Hutto Begins Statewide TV Blitz


Orangeburg, SC – Democratic nominee for US Senate Brad Hutto began running TV advertisements across South Carolina today.

The ad can be seen here:

The ad contrasts Lindsey Graham’s role as a Washington DC insider, self-promoter and potential Presidential candidate to Brad Hutto’s pledge to be a Senator who will work for South Carolina. In the ad Hutto advocates for a hike in the minimum wage, securing equal pay for women, and protecting financial security for seniors.

At the ad’s conclusion, Hutto says “We need a Senator who cares more about making a difference than making headlines.”

Hutto campaign manager Lachlan McIntosh describes the buy as major. “People will see it and they’ll be talking about it.”



As you see when you watch the ad, the one new wrinkle in this one is making fun of Graham talking about the presidency, which is certainly fair game. The incumbent was sort of asking for it with that…

4 thoughts on “Hutto hits Graham, again, for not being ‘downhome’ enough

  1. Dave Crockett

    What I want to know: Is his name pronounced “WHO-toe” (as most of the local TV talking heads say) or “HUT-toe” (which is the pronunciation I heard for everyone else with that surname growing up in the Upstate)? Inquiring minds want to know… I won’t proffer my leanings in that election. But I will be voting, and very likely a hodge-podge party ballot all the way down the list of candidates.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        I was about to add that while I don’t know Sen. Hutto well, I’ve corresponded with his mother for years, and she’s never corrected me for saying it the second way.

        But then, I’ve only met her in person a couple of times, as we usually communicate by email. And maybe I never pronounced it in her hearing…

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