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Smith Called Up for National Guard Duty for Hurricane Florence

Cory Booker will stump for Smith.

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Nia Prater
Sept. 12, 2018, 11:22 a.m.

As Hurricane Florence approaches the South Carolinian coast, both Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and state Rep. James Smith (D) will be assisting with the state’s efforts.

Smith has been called for duty in the state National Guard while McMaster will head the government’s response to the storm.

“Smith, a major in the S.C. National Guard and an Army combat veteran, has been involved with the state’s response to many past hurricane threats, even helping to develop operation plans. ... Smith received the call Monday and worked out of the Joint Force Headquarters out of the Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, where he is expected to remain for the week. His role is on the current operations staff, which oversees and monitors missions, makes sure they have the resources they need and coordinates with local authorities.”

Smith: “There are so many people that come together to make this work. I’m a small cog in a very big wheel.” (Charleston Post and Courier)

BOOKER. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will stump for Smith. An exact date has not been planned as the state prepares for Hurricane Florence’s landfall and the aftermath.

“Smith needs to energize the Democratic base, including black voters, to beat McMaster, who has the advantage of incumbency, affiliation with the state’s dominant political party and the endorsement of President Donald Trump. Smith needs black voters to turn out in November, and party officials hope Booker’s star power could help that turnout.” (McClatchy DC)

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