In SC special election, Democrats try for another GOP House seat
Archie Parnell arrived at the Black Cowboy Festival with an impossible mission – talking politics to people who had paid $20 apiece to eat barbecue and watch horses gallop around a track. He was the local Democratic nominee for Congress, but he’d never run for office before, and shaking hands did not come naturally.
“I’m running for Congress,” Parnell said to a polite but quiet couple sitting down to split a fried turkey leg. “I’d be grateful if you consider me.”
He shook more hands; he started and halted conversations as a loudspeaker blared the name of the next horses and …