Idea to rename Charleston airport for Hollings stalls

March 03, 2019 - 9:56 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One South Carolina lawmaker wants to name the Charleston International Airport for former U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

Rep. Leon Stavrinakis introduced the resolution last month in the state House.

The Charleston Democrat told The Post and Courier that Hollings' contributions to the area, state and transportation were significant.

But the idea already has powerful opponents. State Sen. Paul Campbell says he loves Hollings but too many people have put their hearts and souls into building the Charleston airport to name it after just one person.

The Republican from Goose Creek also is executive director of the airport authority and says if anyone renames the airport it should be the airport's board of directors.

Hollings was elected governor in 1959 and was a U.S. senator from 1966 to 2005.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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