But the longtime senator says he’s looking forward to an active retirement, and plans to take up flying again. “It’s a good time to try to redefine myself, and see my district from a different light,” he commented.
Leventis said he also hopes to teach political science classes at the University of South Carolina, where he recently guest-lectured on Public Policy and Civil Discourse. “This John Wayne shoot-em-up style of politics is leading us toward a disastrous end,” Leventis said about the modern political process. “We have to understand policy from a broad perspective and reach broad answers.”
Possible Democratic candidates for Leventis’ seat are said to include attorney Thomas McElveen, businessman Roy Flynn, and former Third Circuit solicitor Kelly Jackson. The winner of the Democratic nomination will presumably face Republican businessman Tony Barwick, who announced his candidacy in January.
“I like Tony, he’s a nice guy, but I don’t think he’s his own man,” Leventis said on Monday. “Public servants should be independent of thought and centered on their district, and [Barwick] doesn’t fit that at all.”
Look for a more complete field of candidates before the filing deadline for primary elections on March 30.