Politics & Government

Pope goes after Norman’s voting record in new 5th District ad

One Republican candidate in the 5th District’s congressional runoff is turning his fire on the other, targeting what he says is his opponent’s “strange” State House voting record.

The new ad by Tommy Pope, speaker pro tempore of the S.C. House, criticizes one-time colleague Ralph Norman, a former state representative, for his votes as a lawmaker.

The ad takes up an attack Pope is using on the campaign trail — that Norman was a reflexive “no” vote in the Legislature, while Pope knows how to work the legislative process to get things done.

In the ad, a narrator criticizes Norman for voting against incentives for North Charleston’s Boeing plant. Norman has said his legislative record shows he opposes excessive government intervention and regulation.

The ad also questions Norman’s vote against “investigating Planned Parenthood.” Norman said he considered the vote a “publicity stunt.”

On Monday, Norman was endorsed by former S.C. GOP chairman Chad Connelly, one of the runners-up in last week’s crowded Republican primary.

On Tuesday, Tommy Pope announced his own endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying it showed he is a “true friend of job creators.”

5th District voters go to the polls to choose the GOP nominee next Tuesday. The GOP nominee will meet Democrat Archie Parnell of Sumter in the June 20 general election.