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South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial nominee wants end of ‘geriatric’ politicians. Will it cost him help from Biden, Clyburn?

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Cunningham made national headlines when he suggested an end to the “geriatric oligarchy” in political office and said on national television that President Joe Biden should step aside in 2024 and let someone younger run.

But the remarks could cost him any in-person campaign help for his Democratic governor run from two of the party’s biggest names: Biden, 79, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, 82, the state’s highest-ranking Democrat considered a party kingmaker.

Cunningham, 40, in June called for older politicians to make way for a new generation, suggesting there should be a 72-year-old age limit for anyone who wants to hold elected office similar to the state’s cutoff for judges. Cunningham has used the remark to attack Gov. Henry McMaster’s long tenure in South Carolina politics, pointing to the poor conditions of the state’s roads and schools and high crime rates.

Some political observers said the suggestion could be part of an overall campaign strategy to motivate younger voters to head out to the polls in November. The White House declined to comment whether Biden would help Cunningham’s campaign for governor against McMaster, 75, who is seeking a second term.

—The State


Scores of scammers, including ‘Texas minister,’ vie for slice of Surfside settlement fund

MIAMI — An Oregon man claims he drove across the country to vacation in Miami Beach and met a kindly stranger named Luis at a bar who suggested that instead of sleeping in his car the man stay with a friend at Champlain Towers South in Surfside. They went to the condo and after just one minute of waiting outside, the man heard a loud boom, got hit in the head by a falling chunk of concrete and blacked out.

When he woke up, he was lying next to the rubble of the 12-story building that had collapsed. Shocked, and fearing he would be billed for any medical treatment of his bloody gash, the man left the scene where 98 people died and drove back to Oregon. He has never told anyone his terrifying story until now, as he seeks to collect $50,000 in personal injury damages.

The 33-year-old man from Tigard, Oregon — or so he says — is among more than 450 people who have filed what appear to be fake claims for their piece of the $1.1 billion settlement reached in the Surfside class-action case, according to attorney Michael Goldberg, receiver for the Champlain Towers South condo association.


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