Democrat running for S.C. attorney general stumps in Aiken
Constance Anastopoulo, the Democrat facing off against S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, laid out her platform and priorities during a Thursday night get-together in Aiken.
Anastopolou, a tenured law professor, told members of the Aiken County Democratic Party she would crack down on Statehouse corruption, conflicts of interest, electric utilities, “big oil” and opioids once she is elected.
“I’m going to bring in the best prosecutors to the attorney general’s office, and we’re going to clean up the corruption in Columbia,” Anastopoulo said. “That’s the first thing I’m going to do.”
Anastopoulo said the state deserves an offshore drilling exemption – “I will fight big oil to keep the oil rigs off the coast of South Carolina” – and said she supports term limits.
“I am not a career politician, I don’t have any intention of using the attorney general’s office as a stepping stone. I’m going to come to Columbia, I’m going to clean up this mess, and then I’m going to go home to Charleston to teach law,” Anastopoulo said, drawing laughter and applause.
Anastopoulo, a Virginia native, graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She was the senior litigator at Anastopoulo Law Firm for 15 years and participated in a major lawsuit regarding OxyContin.
“There isn’t a person in South Carolina that’s not been touched by this crisis,” Anastopoulo said of opioids.
Anastopoulo – who threw a handful of jabs at Wilson on Thursday night – seemed confident in her odds of winning the attorney general race. Young voters, Latino voters and moderate Republicans “skew” toward her, she said.
“I am going to win this year,” Anastopoulo said, later adding: “So my point is the votes are there. The votes are there.”
Wilson was first elected South Carolina’s attorney general in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014.