But a pair of ex-politicians are now on their way towards creating a third political party — known as the American Party.
Former State Education Superintendent Jim Rex and ex-gubernatorial candidate Oascar Lovelace were in Rock Hill this week touting the third-party mode, saying it’s what America needs now.
“This isn’t about a certain party or a certain candidate or even a specific election cycle,” Rex said on WRHI’s Straight Talk this week. “This is about changing the way we approach politics in America.
To date, Rex and his team of volunteer shave garnered around 7,000, or 70 percent of the 10,000 signatures needed to officially get the American Party on the S.C. ballot. But he’s aiming for a few thousand more, closer to 13,000.
But, Rex admits, there will be challenges in the months ahead, even as he and Lovelace recruit candidates to run for all seven of South Carolina’s congressional districts.
“There’s nothing written in the constitution — There’s nothing written on a stone tablet somewhere in anyone’s religion that says we have to settle for this [two-party] type of approach in our democracy,” Rex said.
One of the major tenets of the American Party is an upfront commitment by the candidate to serve a limited number of years in office. For congressional seats, that’s 12 years.
For more on the American Party, listen to the full interview with Jim Rex.