January 4th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
5 years ago

South Carolina Republican to retire

South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, a five-term Republican, is set to announce his retirement Monday, two sources tell CNN.
South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, a five-term Republican, is set to announce his retirement Monday, two sources tell CNN.

(CNN) – South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, a five-term Republican, is set to announce his retirement Monday, two sources tell CNN.

Brown, whose 1st Congressional District includes much of South Carolina's coastline –including Charleston and Myrtle Beach - won a closer-than-expected reelection bid in 2008 and was already set to face a primary challenge from Carrol Campbell III, the son of a once powerful South Carolina Republican.

The news was first reported by the Palmetto Scoop.

But while Brown only won his reelection bid by 4 points in 2008, his district is considered to be reliably conservative, handing then-Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain 56 percent of the vote in 2008.

According to the Palmetto Scoop, at least three other Republicans besides Campbell have announced their intention to run for Brown' seat, including Mt. Pleasant Town Councilman Mark Fava.

Paul Thurmond, the son of the longtime Sen. Strom Thurmond, and Tim Scott, a current State Representative who is currently making a bid for lieutenant governor, could also enter the race.

Brown becomes the second Republican in as many weeks to announce his plans to retire from the house without aspirations for any other office.

Rep. George Radanovich of California announced his retirement last Tuesday, saying he would forego a run for a ninth term in the House to spend more time with his wife, Ethie, who has been fighting ovarian cancer for the past three years.

In November and December, four House Democrats announced they would retire at the end of 2010 rather than run for re-election.

– CNN's Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


Filed under: South Carolina
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    Are they going to blame this on President Obama too???? This is the second REPUB that is considering retiring and I am sure there will be more.

    The RepubliCAN'Ts were so QUICK to blame President Obama for the Democrats retiring and NEVER thought twice that it really may be because of PERSONAL reasons...........NOT because they were afraid of losing in 2010/2012....So THERE!!!

    January 4, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. roosevelt a rugless

    He should take joe wilson with him

    January 4, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Trent

    South Carolina has proven it's full of nit-wit Republicans.....

    January 4, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. El Kababa

    South Carolinians were the first to secede from the Union and have caused nothing but problems ever since. We can count on them to elect someone else who will block progress and prevent action of any kind for any reason. Let's hear a Rebel Yell out there.

    January 4, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. A. Goodwin

    A Republican from South Carolina retiring means only good news for the United States! Let's hope that SC votes in someone a little more progressive – even if he/she is a Republican!

    January 4, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Silence Dogoode

    term limits...we need term limits....

    January 4, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. George

    No one cares!!

    January 4, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. K(DC)

    I guess he couldn't stomach anymore being Associated with the dumber than bricks repugs from SC and the other Birthers,Tea Party and other right nuts repugs in congress.

    January 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. dude palin

    Thank God !!

    January 4, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Scott

    So I guess CNN needs to write about how all these Republican retirements are an ominous sign for their party, given similar stories when Democrats retired.

    January 4, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Francis Marion

    South Carolina will still be the most politically corrupt state in the union, and will continue to serve as a bad example for the rest of the nation. This is a safe seat for the GOP, even though the republicans cannot be trusted with the economy or our security.

    January 4, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We cant vote for or against any of the rightwing nuts that control that State,but we can stop going on vacation there and we can stop buying anything produced there,and we will stop.

    January 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. William Hamilton

    Brown was a very tired, old Congressman. His district has been becoming less reliable and it would have been expensive for him to run a contested primary and general election. Money would have been hard to come by with contested statewide races soliciting contributions in a tight economy.

    I'm no great fan of Mr. Brown since I'm a liberal, but the hard core right wing candidates which were running against him are a different breed. He was just a tired old Bubba Republican. The local teabaggers had little use for him and wanted someone much more aggressive and partisan, in the mold of Jim DeMint, their idol.

    Brown would have had a very tough time getting the nomination and would have probably faced a third party, conservative challenger as well as a Democrat. Some of the Democrats running were quite conservative, former military men. A Democratic victory over Brown would have been very likely in an area with the huge retired military population that Charleston and Myrtle Beach have.

    January 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Clifford in New York

    A Republican will win and it will also be a prelude to the 2010 mid-terms!

    January 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. notfooledbydistractions

    Per his staff, Brown didn't like being in the minority. Cry me a river, Mr. Brown. I guess you just solidify the thought that when the going gets tough, republicans QUIT. They want the paycheck and the perks, but don't want to do the hard work associated with the position.

    Too bad you and your party didn't do a better job of actually legislating effectively or you might not be in the minority position. But, I guess when your party almost singlehandedly brings down the nation you should expect to be in the minority.

    Good riddance.

    January 4, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Little Lulu

    This is one republican that will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER vote Dumbocrat. We have enough problems with the ones that are in now, why add to that?????????

    January 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    what a day it would be if a DEMOCRAT came along and won the position.. the world would be better off and it would help the democrats keep moving forward and stop the party of "NO" from undermining our great nation. :)

    January 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. j

    Now if you could get the rest of the conservatives to follow suit.

    January 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. We the People/FormerGOP

    BYE!!!!

    And Good riddance

    January 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Maybe he is like Cheney, and is afraid of terrorism. But,that is OK, even the mighty groundhog fears its shadow. Don't worry right wingnuts, we will protect you.

    January 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Maybe he was just embarrassed to be associated with Sen. Jim DeMentia.

    January 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Jane/Seattle

    It really does not make much difference. just look how the Dems kept Bush lapdog Lie-Berman around just to SCREW us on the Healthcare issue! Republican, Blue Dog, Dem is about the same. good ones like Bernie Sanders, Dennis kucinich, Jim McDermott, Alan Grayson, John Conyers are fighting against the Tides of Total Corruption in a massive sea of Dishonesty masquerading as Government!

    January 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. The Film Professor

    Wish it were Jim Demint or that rude buffoon Wilson.

    The Palmetto State sure does have it's share of political shills, all of whom belong to the Rethuglican Party.

    January 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Wheres Waldo,I mean Elrushbo?

    I cant wait till they leave the Union.

    January 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Luke Brown

    Brown is just one more self-serving SC Republican in the pocket of right-wing special interests.

    His most memorable contribution to public life was setting a national forest on fire, then going after the US Forest Service when it tried to fine him. Brown thought the taxpayers should pick up the tab for the damage he had done.

    Hey Henry, take Joe Wilson with you, okay?

    January 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |