A Democratic town councilman said this weekend that he has entered the race against Congressman Mick Mulvaney.
Fort Mill Town Councilman Tom Adams will likely be a heavy underdog against the popular Republican, who was reelected to his conservative-leaning district by 12 percentage points in 2012.
Adams said he decided to seek out a possible run for Congress after his wife’s death three years ago. “Since then, I’ve been struggling with the fact that I need some meaning in my life,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “I was presented with the question as I’m searching for something else to do in my life, ‘What would you do if failure was not something you had to be afraid of?’”
” And I came to the point where I decided what I would do is run for Congress. Because I’m pretty upset about the state of our government right now,” he added.
Adams said his biggest frustration is that Congress is able to accomplish very little, which he blames partially on Tea Party-aligned representatives such as Mulvaney. “I don’t feel like the Fifth District is being well-represented in Congress. I think that the Tea Party is being represented.”
The automotive dealer manager is currently serving his second term on the Fort Mill council.
Mulvaney represents Fifth Congressional District, a comparatively large district which stretches from Gaffney and Newberry in the west, across Rock Hill and northern Sumter, to Hartsville and Dillon in the east. Mulvaney relied on Tea Party support to unseat longtime Democratic Congressman John Spratt in the 2010 election.