Howdy, Partner October 3, 2007Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.
CHRONIC DISEASE GROUP PICKING UP BROAD INSTITUTIONAL, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
FITSNews – October 3, 2007 – Seeing the names of S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and former State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum mentioned on the same press release would usually portend bad things, unless of course you’re like us and really enjoy watching cat-fights.
The respective “queen bees” of two competing ideologies, Mrs. Sanford and Mrs. Tenenbaum probably share less common philosophical real estate than any two women in South Carolina, yet both have hooked up with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, a group that’s been incredibly active in the Palmetto State in advance of the 2008 presidential primaries.
“The issues we’re raising in South Carolina and in other early primary states truly transcend people’s partisan affiliation or competing political ideologies,” said Anthony Quattrone, the Partnership’s South Carolina director. “That’s why you see conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats and every label in between joining our effort to challenge all of the candidates to make preventative care a priority.”
The Partnership rolled out a remarkably “healthy” list of 100 individuals and organizations backing its South Carolina efforts earlier this week, including Sanford, Tenenbaum, former Health and Human Services Director Robbie Kerr, S.C. Policy Council President Ed McMullen, health care lobbyist extraordinaire Larry Marchant and University of South Carolina President Andrew Sorenson.
The group has also made extensive inroads with South Carolina’s faith-based community, state government agencies (including Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer’s Office on Aging), health care associations, charity organizations, as well as several women’s groups and Hispanic organizations.
Now the question seems to be how the partnership plans to flex its accumulated S.C. muscle …
Obviously, the group’s focus is the 2008 presidential race and driving the debate among candidates in both parties toward specific preventative health care policy ideas. As we’ve written in the past, South Carolina’s abysmal health care situation provides a made-to-order environment for articulating such a message.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on the Partnership – and other groups like the ONE campaign, ED in ’08 and AARP – to see how effectively they can translate their institutional in-state clout into presidential positioning …