Senate District 42 hopeful Maurice Washington held a press conference Tuesday that he said would “change the game” in his upcoming Democratic runoff race against Charleston lawyer Marlon Kimpson.
Washington repeated his criticism of Charleston County Democratic Chair Richard Hricik and criticized a North Charleston church for using its van earlier this week to drive voters from Joseph Floyd Manor to the absentee precinct.
When pressed, Washington said use of the church bus was not illegal but questioned whether it might violate the church’s nonprofit tax status.
“It should be disturbing to all voters, not just voters in District 42, when the Southern Baptist Fellowship is paid $5,000 for grassroots organizing,” he said. “The organizing of what?”
Kimpson not only has had a large lead in fundraising, but he also came in first by a large margin during the Aug. 13 primary. He received 44 percent in the six-way race. He netted about twice as many votes as Washington, but the two will meet again in a Tuesday runoff.
Hricik has noted Washington’s longtime association with Republicans and the Republican party, and he has defended his decision to do so. Washington said voters should value someone who is comfortable working both sides of the aisle.