Representative Tim Scott, Charleston Republican, announced this week he will drop out the race for lieutenant governor because he now has his eye on another race. Scott wants to fill the spot of First District Congressman Henry Brown, who announced his retirement last month.
“The more I campaigned, the more I realized the issues I am fighting for are better suited for the congressional race. Once Henry Brown retired, my constituents started calling me asking me to reconsider. I decided to take a serious look at it. I called my pastor, my pastor said the best thing to do was pray about it, seek wise counsel, and make sure you are listening to the constituents who have a chance to vote,” says Scott.
Scott served on the Charleston County Council for 13 years, and recently became the first black Republican in the Legislature since Reconstruction. In the race, he says his biggest competition is not one of the other six candidates.
“I think my competition is the ability to communicate my message to the masses, quite frankly. Ultimately, if we can get in front of enough people, I think we have a good chance of winning. So we are going to focus on taking our working class message to the average person throughout the first congressional district,” says Scott.
Scott says if elected he wants to change the way American thinks, and it can start with the First Congressional District.
“President Barack Obama and this Democratic Congress are absolutely bent on driving up government spending, and that means higher taxes, and I’m absolutely in disagreement with that. So, in order to win this country back, it has to happen one state at a time, one congressional district at a time, it’s already started in South Carolina and I want to work it in the first congressional district,” says Scott.
In his race for lieutenant governor, Scott already raised $300,000, but cannot use those donations for a federal race. Reports say he plans on returning those specific donations back to the donors.