Another Lowcountry politician may be banking on Mark Sanford’s success in overcoming his past.
In 2008, Thomas Ravenel spent 10 months in federal prison on cocaine charges. He resigned from his post as State Treasurer and paid the state restitution for the cost of having to replace him. It was Mark Sanford who suspended Ravenel from the position after the indictment.
Ravenel, the host of a planned Bravo channel reality show, says he is considering a comeback. “I had to withdraw in disgrace and serve a stint in prison, but I do think this bodes well for me. I think people do like a comeback story and I feel that the implications are good. There will be a political future. I’m not done yet,” he told Charleston affiliate WTMA.
Like Sanford, Ravenel would also face the challenge of his previous ethics record. In another race, Ravenel was fined 19,000 dollars by the state election commission for improper campaign filings when he ran in a U.S. Senate primary.
Ravenel foreshadowed a new project he says the public will hear about soon: “I will be lending support to a non-profit organization, which will be advancing free-market ideas and holding state and federal politicians accountable. So, this will be forthcoming. There will be a big announcement in Columbia,”
Ravenel is the son of former congressman and local politician Arthur Ravenel, Jr. and says his father tried to talk him into running for Congress in the recent District 1 race.
A Ron Paul supporter, Ravenel spoke out two years ago spoke out for legalizing drugs. He told the Post and Courier,”"Drug abuse is a medical, health care and spiritual problem, not a problem to be solved within a criminal justice model.”
Sheree Bernardi, WTMA contributed to this report.