March 4th, 2009
09:35 AM ET
9 years ago

Congressman eyes governor's mansion


(CNN) - Rep. Gresham Barrett of South Carolina will officially announce Wednesday that he will run for governor of his home state, a spokesman confirmed to CNN.

Barrett will declare his intention to seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination in an email to supporters and in a video posted on his campaign Web site.

"I believe I have certain strengths in these uncertain times," Barrett writes in the email, according to an early excerpt provided to CNN. "And I believe we have to hold on to our conservative values, and change the things that hold us backā€¦ I am excited about this campaign, and honored to have the opportunity to share my vision for a more prosperous South Carolina with the hard-working people of our great state."

Barrett was first elected to Congress in 2002 and won re-election in 2006. Prior to that, he served in South Carolina's House of Representatives.

Current South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, also a Republican, is in his second term in office. Term limits prevent him from seeking a third term.

South Carolina's Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lieutenant Gov. Andre Bauer are also considering gubernatorial bids and are likely primary opponents to Barrett.

Filed under: South Carolina
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Had It

    ANYONE is better than Sanford. Maybe a democrat would take the money to help his shattered state - not just the wealthy whites.

    March 4, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. WhoisRight

    May the best Conservative win!!

    March 4, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. america first

    No more republicans, no way, no how.

    March 4, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Dawn


    March 4, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. cnnnewser

    South Carolina needs another republican governor – the current one has served them so well. LOL
    I say that in jest because Mark Sanford is just another reublican grandstanding loser that puts party before people and the needs of the state.

    March 4, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Victor

    The Republicans will say and do anything to make themselves look blameless. Dumb Idiots!

    March 4, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. MARK

    Republicans had no problem throwing our tax dollars around while Bush was in office. Now that they're in the minority, they are obsessed with fiscal responsibility. Morons.

    March 4, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Toole

    Does this come with Rush Limbaugh's approval?? Better check with Rushie first, you'll have to apoligize later!

    March 4, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Matt

    Has Rush Limbaugh approved this?

    March 4, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Clemson student

    YES! This is great news. Ever since Mr. Barrett came to campus for a town hall meeting last semester I envisioned him as the type of person that needs to have a larger role in the political spectrum. The best of luck to you and your campaign.

    March 4, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Franky

    Ohh O.K, there you go! SC is one! LOL!!

    I don't know about you but we have SC in one of the lowest of all lowest, especially among red states. That state is in trouble, I'm telling you, people tell us. They better take it seriously not in this year or the next, but the next decade. That state will turn more blue than Blue's Clues...

    March 4, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Hate and venom form liberals....just what was to be expected. They will not be happy till this is a one-party system like Mother Russia.

    March 4, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Independent

    South Carolina please get rid of these racist idiots

    March 4, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Luke Brown

    Sanford has bankrupted South Carolina with all his tax cuts for the rich. The people of the state are suffering far more than those in other states because of him. Unemployment is third highest in the country, schools are among the worst, and violent crimes lead the nation. TIME magazine says he is one of three worst governors in the country. Even his own party hates him.

    If this congressman wants my vote, he needs to tell the people of this state that he is going to go in a different direction.

    March 4, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. jimmy-ohio

    barrett might as well run,,,,even without term limits it is obvious that sanford is running for president in 2012,,,,when you take $1.36 for every dollar you pay in taxes and then announce that you are rejecting stimulus funds for "ideological purposes" you have just made your declaration of candidacy

    March 4, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    Independent March 4th, 2009 11:02 am ET
    South Carolina please get rid of these racist idiots
    Why interject race? As I said before, when you have nothing to offer by way of intelliigent discussion or debate... cry racism! This makes you look small!

    March 4, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Michael

    My Point Exactly, Mark! It's complete hypocrisy brought to you by most members of a party that has and still is fracturing.

    March 4, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. stormerF

    Bed wetters....Just look at Michigan,if you want to live in a State ran by Democrats,move there and find real recession,but with social Programs for Illegals that are paid for with Tax payers Dollars..Better yet move to West Virginia,they love being poor there and keep electing Democrtas to office who likes expanding the welfare rolls.

    March 4, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. mary

    "Rush L is not the leader of the Republican Party. Everybody knows that. Nobody will believe the Democrats portrayal of him in that role. If it were true, thats a scary thought. Even more scarier than that is knowing the leader of the Democratic Party is Black Muslim in the White House! He's already taken the axe to the very foundations of the American way of life. We'll have to ride him out just like we did with Wm Jeff Clinton."

    This is a comment somebody calling him/herself Mr. Risky posted. Anybody listetening? The Republicans still feel Mr. Obama is a Muslim (as if that is a disease to be cured). Not only that, he's also black. The combination is dangerous and so they get Rush to spew their venom. At the same time, they have Michael Steele (black man) to lead their party and Bobby Jindal (Indian) to be a public spokesperson. The writer thinks there's something wrong with Mr. Obama or the Democratic Party; that's another way of saying that there's something wrong with the majority of Americans.

    We are living in dangerous times in this country. We need to watch our rhetoric to avoid some serious mishap befalling the nation. I find it strange that these same people that are spewing all the hatred lived 8 years under Bush and didn't see anything wrong. Think about it, it's all about race and they don't want to appear racist so they put forward Michael Steele and Bobby Jindal. I'm getting sick!

    March 4, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Robert

    To Mary- you racist pig! You probably live in the South.

    March 4, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. laughing

    Serious? Can the republicans do anything but complain,blame,spew hate? find something positive from the party in the last 8 years anything?

    March 4, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. W Spivey, Merritt Island, FL

    You had better check and see if the Bullfrog wants you to be Gov. first.

    March 4, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |