The Rick Perry for President team in South Carolina was able to overcome some setback from the governor’s absence by boasting an endorsement from Congressman Mick Mulvaney.
The Texas governor returned to Austin to oversee wildfire operations, skipping the DeMint-led event. After the party forum in Columbia wound down, Mulvaney and former state party Chairman Katon Dawson held an impromptu press conference in the media room.
The freshman congressman praised all of the candidates who were in Columbia today, but what did it for him, was being asked to actively participate in Perry’s campaign in the areas of the federal budget.
“I wanted to be involved. I don’t want to just endorse somebody and not be involved in the campaign, especially when it comes to these issues that I work on in the budget committee, that I work on in the joint economic committee. We’re going to be working again with the Republican Study Committee on the next version of cut, cap and balance here in the next couple of weeks, and in fact have been doing in August. So when Gov. Perry reached out and said, ‘I dont want your endorsement, that’s not what I am interested in. I’ll take it, but what I really want are your ideas; I want you to help me do this, that’s something that nobody else asked, ” Mulvaney explained.
Despite Mitt Romney’s supporting him in unseating incumbent John Spratt of the 5th District, Mulvaney had some reservations about returning the favor.
Mulvaney said, “Generally, I think there’s some question about whether he’s going to submit to South Carolina. During 2008, I think we saw him sort of skip over the state towards the last weeks of the campaign.”
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis this weekend offered his support for Romney, who also backed him in the 2008 election.