SC Republican Party endorses drilling off coast

The chances off oil rigs off South Carolina's coast just inched up, our state's Republican Party chair became the first state chair to endorse the “Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.” campaign.

Katy Dawson, the chair, was quoted in a press release from the S.C. Republican Party as:
“We can shore up our country’s energy security, economic security and national security by breaking our country’s addiction to foreign oil. The first step to breaking our addiction is to expand domestic energy exploration. If we take the bold step to cultivate energy resources here at home, we will not only break our dependence on foreign oil, we will also bring meaningful relief to hardworking families who are experiencing unprecedented pain at the pump as gas prices continue to skyrocket.”

The lines are being drawn and the GOP is rapidly becoming the campaign of drilling, and the Democrats the part of not.

You can see a full list of the folks endorsing the "Drill Now" campaign here. Also on that list: U.S. Senator, Jim DeMint (R-SC),
State Representative Nathan Ballentine, State Representative Eric Bedingfield.

The campaign's originating organization American Solutions for Winning the Future was founded by former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

On Wednesday, we reported on the momentum shift to see oil rigs off S.C.'s coast.