The former 1984 Presidential Candidate for the Democratic Party has died. Former U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings, know as "Fritz" by friends and family, has passed away.
Fritz was 97-years-old at the time of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of mourning.
"Former Sen. Ernest Hollings has died at the age of 97. Known as 'Fritz,' the South Carolina Democrat served more than 38 years in the Senate and ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984," reported NPR.
Hollings was originally from Charleston, South Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army and crudely fought in World War II.
"Hollings went on to serve as governor of South Carolina from 1959 to 1962, during a time when school desegregation was a major issue for the state. Hollings, according to The Washington Post, originally ran on a platform opposing desegregation but ended his term by urging the state legislature to accept integration of public schools," according to NPR.
One of the most iconic moments of his career took place during the 186 Senate campaign debate. It was a moment that went down in history!
"On live TV, during a debate for the 1986 Senate campaign, Republican candidate Henry McMaster asked Hollings if he would be willing to take a drug test. Hollings famously fired back in his memorable southern drawl, 'I'll take a drug test if you take an IQ test,'" wrote NPR.
Social media was filled with pictures and tributes to the former politician. Please join us in continuing to pray for his family.
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