O'Malley stumps for Sheheen's gubernatorial bid in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The race for governor hit the Holy City Friday evening when Sen. Vincent Sheheen held a fundraiser in downtown Charleston. He was joined by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley came to Charleston to see one of his daughters graduate from the College of Charleston on Saturday, but Friday night was all about helping Sheheen raise money for his campaign.

From The Alley in downtown Charleston, Sheheen and O'Malley shook hands and posed for pictures with dozens of people. Sheheen said the city would play an important role in the future of South Carolina if he unseats Gov. Nikki Haley.

"Charleston is invested in itself. Charleston is moving forward in art, small businesses and entrepreneurship. There is a lesson here for the remainder of the state and there is also a lesson here in this campaign which is Charleston can play an incredibly pivotal role in moving the state forward," Sheheen said.

Sheheen supporters say they are ready for a change.

"I think there is absolutely hope for Vincent Sheheen who understands what we really need and is willing to go beyond the partisan politics and really work for real solutions that South Carolinians need," said Brady Quirk Garvin.

O'Malley described Sheheen as a breath of fresh air.

"Vincent is a new generation of leadership that believes in doing what works to grow our middle class to strengthen small businesses and to rebuild an economy to strengthen South Carolina's future," he said.

Sheheen lost the last governor's race to Haley, but says this election will be different.

"People know Nikki Haley and her record of failure, and people know me and our ideas to move us to the future," he said.

Sheheen's campaign team also spent the evening registering people to vote. Saturday is the last day to register to vote in the June 10 primary.

O'Malley was not the only high-profile Democrat in the Palmetto State. Vice President Joe Biden was in Columbia for several events on Friday, including an address to the newest class of University of South Carolina graduates.

The vice president told the class that the world is changing rapidly and they must work to move the country in the right direction.

Biden also did a little fundraising for the state Democratic Party and Sheheen.

The state's Republican Party issued a statement on Biden's fundraising efforts.

"Joe Biden's taxpayer-funded trip to South Carolina, costing $180,000 per hour, highlights just how far Washington liberals will go to install their no-growth, job-killing agenda in our states," the statement read.

Meanwhile, the College of Charleston will welcome Sen. Tim Scott to the campus on Saturday to deliver the commencement addresses to more than 1,400 students on the Cistern.

Scott did not go to CofC; he graduated from Charleston Southern University in 1988.