A new poltical party emerges in Columbia

Jim Rex

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) â?? A new political party is planning an information meeting this week in Columbia.

Organizers have invited the public to attend the American Party's meeting on Thursday at the Sheraton Hotel on Main Street in Columbia.

The American Party

is backed by Democrat Jim Rex, Rex previously led South Carolina's state Department of Education and ran for governor in 2010. It also has support from Oscar Lovelace, a physician who sought the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2006.

A second meeting is scheduled for June 13 at the Congregational Church Social Hall in downtown Charleston.

On its website, the group says it wants political parties held accountable for their candidates' actions.

(The AP contributed to this report)