COLUMBIA, SC — 1st District candidates lining up
Candidates have started announcing for the 1st District congressional seat vacated last week when Tim Scott joined the U.S. Senate.
S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, said Wednesday he will announce his candidacy today. Limehouse, son of former state Transportation Department secretary Buck Limehouse, has been a member of the S.C. House since 1995.
Senate Transportation chairman Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, said he formally will join the race Monday. Grooms has been in the state Senate since 1997.
The pair are considered among the heaviest hitters to announce for the Lowcountry congressional seat so far.
Meanwhile, newly elected state Rep. Andy Patrick, R-Beaufort, told The (Hilton Head) Island Packet that he is running.
Anti-tax group names its ‘heroes’
S.C. Club for Growth Foundation named nine 2011-12 legislators as “Taxpayer Heroes” on its legislative scorecard.
The conservative economic, anti-tax group graded lawmakers on 19 Senate and 28 House votes.
The organization gave “Taxpayer Hero” designation to legislators earning a grade of “B+” or better.
Its heroes all were Republicans: state Sens. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Kevin Bryant of Anderson, and Tom Davis of Beaufort; and state Reps. Ralph Norman of Rock Hill, Josh Putnam of Piedmont, Edward Southard of Moncks Corner and Tom Young of Aiken. Two other “heroes” – Sen. Mike Rose of Dorchester, defeated in the June GOP primary, and Rep. Kevin Ryan of Pawley’s Island, who did not seek re-election – no longer are legislators.