Political party swapping is nothing new in South Carolina. Sen. Strom Thurmond famously switched parties in 1964, while other candidates and elected officials have made the leap to the other side during campaigns and convenient mid-term periods. In January, Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey announced his own plans to switch political parties, from Democrat to Republican. His daddy, current North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, made a similar move more than two decades ago. Summey told the City Paper, "I'm going extinct in the Democratic Party. That real conservative, Second-Amendment, gun-toting, pro-law-enforcement, big-job-creation kind of Democrat doesn't really exist anymore in the Democratic Party." Many local pundits believe the National Labor Relations Board's lawsuit against Boeing's non-union plant in North Charleston affected his decision.
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