Jill Bossi didn’t want to get involved with politics. In fact, there came a time when she was frustrated enough that she almost gave up on the whole process.
“I was so sick of both parties, so sick of the hyperbole, that I just wanted to throw my hands up and walk away,” she said.
Instead, the Tega Cay mom and former procurement officer with the American Red Cross found a new home, a new, centrist political party that she and supporters hope will change of the tone of the country’s politics.
Bossi is the U.S. Senate candidate for the American Party, a group founded by disgruntled Democrats and Republicans last year to create a voice for political moderates. If she pulls off an upset in November, Bossi would replace Tim Scott in South Carolina’s Senate delegation. She spoke about the party’s principles Wednesday during a private Rock Hill event at a supporter’s home.
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Jim Rex, the former state superintendent of education and a co-founder of the American Party, laid out the key requirements for an American candidate:
• They have to agree to self-imposed term limits;
• They must disclose the amount and source of any income they receive while in politics;
• And if they engage in any illegal or unethical behavior, they can’t be renominated.
“People are sick of voting for the lesser of two evils,” Rex said.
Bossi is one of only a handful of Senate candidates around the country – Democrats, Republicans and independents – endorsed by the Centrist Project based at Dartmouth University. Their goal is to create a caucus of moderates that can break the gridlock on Capitol Hill.
“If neither party had a majority, the dialogue would change,” Bossi said. “The independents would decide who the majority leader is, who chairs the committees, whether legislation is going to pass.”
Whether that vision comes closer to reality depends on how fed up with partisan gridlock the rest of the electorate is in November.