The most recent fuel added to the fire is comments made by Carter in a recent interview on the Summerville Patch website, where Carter admits to his past willingness to pay both sides to get ahead. He claimed that his failed 2000 bid for the seat, where he was the Democratic nominee, was part of a planned switch game in which he'd use the Democratic label to win the seat and then switch to the GOP:
Forget about parties for a minute. I have always been a conservative, especially a fiscal conservative. Some people call what I did shenanigans, but I call it strategy. The idea was to win as a Democrat, help with the redistricting of District 97 and then switch parties and run again as a Republican. Every election is different. Now I want to run with a party that most accurately reflects my beliefs.
This was the same contest in which he told the Charleston Post and Courier "I guess I’m not independent because I am and have been a Democrat."
Confusing, isn't it?
In any event, Carter's attempt to serve as a Democrat in the House was short-circuited when District 97 voters went for Republican David Owens, who became the first Republican to hold the district based in rural upper Dorchester County.