Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has named a grassroots leadership team in South Carolina for his 2016 Republican presidential bid.
His campaign named three co-chairs — State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg; State Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg; and former Dorchester Sheriff Ray Nash, according to a copy of a letter obtained by The State.
Bright ran for the U.S. Senate last year against incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham but lost in the primary. Cruz’s grassroots team also includes another candidate who failed to unseat Graham, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor.
The letter notes that many Cruz grassroots members were involved in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s surprise win in the 2012 S.C. GOP presidential primary. Some members also worked with other presidential campaigns, including Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.
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“Our campaign relies on bringing together a broad coalition of Republican voters, many of whom feel abandoned by party leaders in Washington,” Cruz S.C. campaign director LaDonna Ryggs wrote in the letter. “Make no mistake: the attacks are coming. The political elites in Washington are desperately afraid of a candidate that upsets the status quo.”
Cruz’s S.C. team includes:
Paul Anderko, Rock Hill
Javan Browder, Greenville
Debbie and Stephen Brown, Greenville
Renee Cannon, North Charleston
Sandy Chiong, Lugoff
Bill Connor, Orangeburg
Scott Cooper, Edgefield
Cheryl and Allen Cuthrell, Piedmont
Patsy and Vic Dabney, Camden
Kim Demer, Camden
Nse Ekpo, Irmo
Andrew Geer, Charleston
The Rev. Mike Gonzalez, Columbia
Conway Ivy, Beaufort
Monica Kidd, Mt. Pleasant
Elizabeth and Jay Kilmartin, Columbia
K.C. and Cherie Lombard, Johns Island
Steven Long, Boiling Springs
Susan E. Moore, Charleston
Lou and Patrick Nolan, Columbia
Mark Palmer, Rock Hill
Mary Pearson, Summerville
Alan Ray, Chapin
Robert Ryggs, Greer
Jarred Spencer, Cowpens
Janet Spencer, North Myrtle Beach
Teri Sullivan, Aiken
DeeDee and Bauer Vaughters, Aiken
Lisa and Chip Watson, Spartanburg
Leah Whatley, Charleston
Michelle Wiles, Duncan/Pickens