Rep. Andy Harris dropped his bid to become chairman of the Republican Study Committee on Tuesday following the sudden death of his wife, likely paving the way for Rep. Mick Mulvaney to run away with the vote.
Harris had been seen as the main challenger to Mulvaney to lead the influential conservative group in the next Congress, and had already assembled a team of whips that included staunch conservatives such as Reps. Tim Huelskamp and John Fleming.
But his wife, Sylvia “Cookie” Harris, died late last month, leaving behind five children, including a 14-year-old son. Harris told members of the RSC at their weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon that he would bow out of the race to tend to his family.
Mulvaney still faces a challenge from Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Louie Gohmert, and Bill Flores, but members and aides said that unless another candidate with more support from the group joins the race, the brash South Carolinian will almost certainly win.
“I think Mulvaney’s definitely got the edge. He’s the one that’s been out working it,” said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, one of Mulvaney’s whips.
ROCK HILL — Rand Paul was a man of the people Monday in Rock Hill.
The Republican U.S. senator from Kentucky grabbed a plate of barbecue and sat down with Ron and Marge Wilson of Rock Hill and Nancy Anderson of Chester for some dinner chit-chat.
He renewed an acquaintance with Dr. James Wood, chief medical officer at Piedmont Medical Center. Wood and Paul, an ophthalmologist, had performed surgeries together in Atlanta.
“He has great hands,” Wood said.
Paul came to Rock Hill to endorse the re-election bid of U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, to promote expanding the Republican Party and possibly to lay the groundwork for a presidential run in 2016. He said he has not decided whether to run, but coming to early primary states such as South Carolina is important “to getting my points across.”
Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsements of four members of the South Carolina delegation for re-election to the House of Representatives; Reps. Jeff Duncan (R), Trey Gowdy (R), Mick Mulvaney (R), and Mark Sanford (R).
CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on each candidate’s score in CCAGW’s 2013 Congressional Ratings. Each of these candidates is a “Taxpayer Hero” with a lifetime rating of 90 percent or greater.
With a score of 96 percent, Rep. Mulvaney has the highest lifetime rating of the four candidates. In CCAGW’s 2012 Congressional Ratings, Rep. Mulvaney was one of five members of Congress to achieve a 100 percent rating, earning him the coveted title of “Taxpayer Super Hero.” Rep. Gowdy, has a lifetime rating of 95 percent, and Reps. Duncan and Sanford have a lifetime rating of 94 percent. During his three terms as the representative of South Carolina’s First Congressional District from 1995-2001, Rep. Sanford was named a “Taxpayer Super Hero” three times, and had the second-highest lifetime rating of any member of Congress at the time he left the House in 2001.
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