Around the South for Dec. 17: SC, FL & GA

South Carolina: Bush visits Haley, speaks at USC. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) visited with Palmetto State Gov. Nikki Haley (R) prior to giving the winter commencement address at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and the day before he announced that he will explore a run for the White House. Bush headlined two fundraisers for Haley last year, reports The State, and her support for any GOP presidential contender could be helpful in the South’s first primary ……. Florida: Wasserman Schultz celebrates a healthy Hanukkah. US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic National Committee and the mother of three school-age children, came up with a new recipe for latkes, aka potato pancakes, that includes sweet potato in the ingredients, a nod to her regional environment. “My New Year’s resolution last year was to eat healthier without giving up my favorite ‘Jewish soul foods,’ ” the congresswoman told the Jewish Telegraph Agency ……. Georgia: Chambliss bids Senate farewell. In his final remarks to his colleagues in the world’s greatest deliberative body, US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) paid tribute to his “three best buddies from my House days, Speaker John Boehner, Congressman Tom Latham, and Senator Richard Burr, along with Senator Tom Coburn,” reported the Journal & Constitution. Chambliss added, “Senator Graham is like a member of my family. We have traveled the world together many times learning a lot. I have no plans to write a book, but if I did Lindsey Graham anecdotes would fill a chapter.”