The South Carolina 5th congressional district seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, will be contested early next month. The party primaries are on May 2, with runoffs held on May 16 if no candidate gets 50%. The special election will be held on June 20.
A handful of Republican candidates are running – seven, I believe. One of them (maybe all of them for all I know) really loves the 2nd Amendment, and her name is Sheri Few.
She released a new ad recently in which she carries a really big gun and says, in part: “Weak politicians are too quick to blame a horrible tragedy on a flag or a gun, or even free speech, and that’s how bad laws are made.”
It’s an on-line ad and it comes several weeks after she released a spot, according to the Post and Courier, that attacks “two other Republican opponents for voting to take down the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds in response to Dylann Roof’s racially motivated murder of nine black parishioners in Charleston.”
It doesn’t look like Few is in any danger of winning the nomination, but like I said, that sure is a big gun, and she looks more than a little crazy. To be fair to the fine people of South Carolina, this act of hers does not appear to be playing well.
State Rep. Tommy Pope seems to be the front runner, and is accumulating a number of important endorsements, though the polling I’ve seen is old.
The seat is rated by everyone as safely Republican, which is why no one is talking about it.