The military means more to South Carolina than jobs, contributions to the economy or even patriotic obligation. It’s an ingrained tradition, a cultural standard, an essential component of Palmetto DNA. In fact, both icons of the state flag pay homage to South Carolina’s military heritage. To Sandlappers, only one’s religious devotion trumps the respect and loyalty held for our nation’s armed forces.
In South Carolina, the most military area is, arguably, the coastal region and, in particular, the 1st Congressional District. Home to the critical naval facilities in Charleston as well as The Citadel, the state’s own military school, the “First” is also where some of South Carolina’s most storied battles were waged by some of the country’s most legendary warriors.
It is, then, not only appropriate, but expected that the First be represented in Congress by someone with more than just a passing knowledge of military and defense affairs.
In this year’s election, there are a number of candidates running for that seat; some playing off of family legacy, some with decent political credentials. ALL of them can lay at least some claim to being “conservative,” but in this impressively diverse slate of candidates there is but one who also represents the critical understanding of the needs of the armed forces and the vital connections those needs have to South Carolina – Katherine Jenerette.
As most know, Jenerette wears the uniform of the United States Army (Reserves) as a First Lieutenant. But she is more than a part of and supporter of our national defense, she is also a visionary.
Regular readers of this blog know of my concern for America’s cyber defense – protecting our nation’s information grid. I’ve learned that Katherine Jenerette is the ONLY candidate in the First, probably the only one in the state and maybe the only congressional candidate in the country to recognize and address our national cyber-security.
Calling it “the next arms race,” Jenerette sees the very real danger posed by hostile entities – governments among them – to our digital infrastructure. She understands, and will no doubt go into political battle for our military. These days, with uncertainty around the globe and – sadly – our own government, having a combatant in congress is essential. I believe Jenerette will storm The Hill and fight those battles.
For that reason – and others – I’m adding Katherine Jenerette, candidate for South Carolina’s First Congressional District, to my “list.”