South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson had to carry his sleeping daughter out of the state Republican Party’s Election Night watch party in downtown Columbia on Tuesday night. Wilson’s son was still awake as the family left, his untucked Boy Scout uniform shirt the only evidence of the hour being long past his bedtime, too.
The Republican won re-election to a third term as attorney general Tuesday. After months of campaigning, he said he was glad he was going to be able to spend more time at home.
“My family has been so patient with me,” he said at the watch party.
When South Carolina Radio Network spoke with Wilson after the results confirmed a third term, he was able to go public with a secret both he and his wife had been keeping for several weeks.
“I want to be asked what’s the first thing I’m going to do,” he said with a Cheshire Cat grin. “(Wednesday) my wife and I are driving to Charlotte to pick up a puppy for our kids but they don’t know it yet.”
South Carolina Radio Network promised not to spoil the surprise until Wednesday.
The Wilson family lost their beloved pet — the only dog the children had ever known — around Christmas 2016. Wilson first shared the story when he announced his re-election campaign back in February.
“We lost our dog two years ago and so my wife has wanted our kids to have another dog,” he said. “So I said, after the campaign, we’ll go pick her up. We’re going to spend the next two months having fun with a new puppy in the house.”