The second annual Blue Jamboree will feature a national political figure as a special guest, the South Carolina Democratic Party announced on Friday.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a U.S. representative from Florida and recently appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee, will attend the upcoming October 22 gala.
At a press conference held at the Charleston Maritime Center, SCDP was joined by the Charleston County and West Ashley Democratic organizations, along with Rep. Jim Clyburn, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen and other event participants and organizers.
Wasserman Schultz’s response to the invite was immediate, said Clyburn; when asked, “she said ‘no question – I’m going to be there’” he told of the congresswoman, who “epitomizes what the future of this country is all about.”
Clyburn used Wasserman Schultz’s recent response to breast cancer as an example Democrats in the state should follow. “She never gave up,” he said, referring to her consistent attendance in congress and even recreational events in the capital despite the diagnosis. “We can’t give up, either.”
In her participation at the upcoming Blue Jamboree, Wasserman Schultz can be “the catalyst to bring us back where we need to be,” Clyburn said.
The Blue Jamboree will be the latest in recent South Carolina functions graced by attendance from national Democrats. “(Wasserman Schultz) will be the third national Democrat here in the last two months,” said Jaime Harrison, 1st Vice Chair of the state party. Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser, attended a function in Columbia earlier this month, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared in Orangeburg in July.
An award to a yet-to-be announced honoree will be presented at the event, as well, said Kaye Lingle Koonce.
Koonce is chair of the Marjorie Amos-Frazier “Pacesetter Award” committee, which honors a local activist in the political/social community.
In 1972, Amos-Frazier became the first woman and first African-American to be elected to Charleston’s City Council. The award is to recognize political involvement, “especially from young women,” Koonce said. The “Pacesetter Award” is displayed in Charleston’s city council building.
Honorary co-chairs of this year’s Blue Jamboree include: Dick Riley, former governor and U.S. Sec. of Education; state Sen. Vincent Sheheen; Liz J. Patterson, former U.S. congresswoman; and Brig. Gen. Walter F. Johnson (retired).
Approximately 700 tickets were sold to last year’s Blue Jamboree, according to Michael Whack, public relations director of the event.
Admission for October 22 will be $10.