State Senator Larry Grooms of Berkeley has announced he is “considering” a run for governor.
“I love this state, I honestly do, and I want to see it on the right direction and when I see other people sharing the same beliefs and values that I do, when I see folks standing up for the first time, and waving those flags that say ‘liberty.’ It brings something inside of me up to the surface that says, ‘hey, let’s move this thing up a little more than what we have been doing, let’s go ahead and set the wheels in motion, let’s see if there are enough folks out there to help me wage a successful campaign,’ and if the answer is yes, I will be running,” says Grooms.
The 12-year Republican veteran of the state senate says liberty, to him, is all about choices. Grooms says there are two types of politicians-
“Those that believe in the free choice of the individuals and those that believe that individuals aren’t capable of making the correct choices, that’s why we need government to make those choices for them,” says Grooms.
He says there are too many politicians in the legislature right now who believe more in government, lacking freedom and liberty.
The Post and Courier of Charleston on Sunday reported Grooms is forming an exploratory committee.
“That is what I call on folks across the state to let them know what I am thinking, to get their thoughts; ‘is it a good idea, bad idea, what is wrong in our state, do you think there’s something I can contribute?’ and if the answer continues to be ‘yes,’ then I’ll build enough support, then that is something I will definitely do,” says Grooms.
Grooms says there is no timeline on his exploratory committee. The 2010 gubernatorial election is November 2nd, Governor Mark Sanford is term-limited, meaning he cannot seek another term.