South Carolina: Mulvaney Moves Up in ‘Young Guns’ Program

Posted March 24, 2010 at 6:02pm

State Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R), who is challenging House Budget Chairman John Spratt (D), will be promoted Thursday to the second highest level of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” fundraising and campaign infrastructure program.

The move to name Mulvaney as one of 22 “Contender” candidates comes ahead of what committee officials expect to be a strong first-quarter fundraising report.

When he entered the race in October, Mulvaney’s deep pockets were viewed as an attractive campaign asset. In the fourth quarter, he loaned himself $75,000, which helped him show more campaign receipts than Spratt for the three-month period.

Spratt, a 14-term Member, has yet to file for re-election. A Spratt spokesman said the House’s busy voting schedule has kept him from filing but that “he’s hoping to file Friday.” The deadline is March 30.

Club for Growth Sides With Scott in Primary

The anti-tax group Club for Growth is backing state Rep. Tim Scott for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Rep. Henry Brown (R).

“Tim Scott has fought for the principles of individual liberty and limited government in South Carolina, and he is ready to do the same in Washington,” club President Chris Chocola said in a statement.

Competing against Scott for the nomination are some well-known candidates including Carroll Campbell III, the namesake son of a late former governor; and Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond, the son of the legendary late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R).

On the Democratic side are Robert Burton, a retired Air Force colonel; businessman Robert Dobbs; and Dick Withington, a retired accountant and retired Navy officer.