January 20th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Thurmond son enters South Carolina congressional race

Paul Thurmond (back), the youngest son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, has officially jumped in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Brown in South Carolina's 1st congressional district.
Paul Thurmond (back), the youngest son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, has officially jumped in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Brown in South Carolina's 1st congressional district.

(CNN) – Paul Thurmond, the youngest son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, has officially jumped in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Brown in South Carolina's 1st congressional district.

In announcing his bid, the Republican cited a love of public service instilled in him by his father - a legendary political figure who served as South Carolina governor and senator along with running for president in 1948 on a segregationist platform.

Thurmond, a 34-year old attorney, had formed an exploratory committee earlier this month. He sounded a populist note in his announcement.

"My candidacy isn't about me – it's about us," he said. "We've reached a point where Congress is simply ignoring the will of the people, and that's not acceptable. It's time to return power to the people, and the states – where it constitutionally belongs."

Thurmond enters an already-crowded GOP primary field that includes another candidate with a famous name: Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell III is one of former governor Carroll Campbell's sons.


Filed under: 2010 • South Carolina
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Citizen

    Why do Republicans always assume that the sons will be as good at their jobs as their fathers were? They almost never are.

    January 20, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Laverne

    Great, just what we need another racist running for office in SC!

    January 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Beverly in NC

    Oh great – another racist redneck from South Carolina! And the son of the most racist hate-spewing Senator of his time. How proud SC must be to have such progressive candidates! How stupid can one state be?

    January 20, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. AJ

    Paul Thurmond is the son of a racist hate-monger and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. There's probably not much doubt that he will be elected in South Carolina. Love of public service? My foot!! The only person's interest that Paul Thurmond is interested in serving is his own.

    January 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. csh

    Bet he's proud of his racist, ignorant daddy.

    January 20, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All the "hanks" are coming out to "turn the power back to the people" when what they really mean is turn the clock back to the way things use to be. America has been going backwards over the past years while China, Brazil and other countries are moving forward because they recognize we aren't willing to move foward.

    January 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    WOW – years DO NOT CHANGE a generation of bigotry!!!

    "We've reached a point where Congress is simply ignoring the will of the people, and that's not acceptable. It's time to return power to the people..."

    WHAT PEOPLE – the TEA PARTIERS who are HEAD STRONG and DEAD WRIONG!! -- LOUD with small CROWDS and think they’re HOLIER than THOU!! WHITE and RIGHT!!! Your Ancestors – who thought it was okay to segregate and treat minorities like they were TRASH is NOT something to be PROUD of!!!

    YOU far-right Republi-CAN'Ts are NOT going to be able to RUN that line too much longer!! LQQK @ the crowds you are drawing and CLINGING to!!! INDEPENDENTS had the say in this LAST election in MA and they did that to send a DIFFERENT message – NOT what YOU hold to be TRUE!!! Jeez!!!

    Just because YOU scream the LOUDEST does not mean YOU are RIGHT and you’re in for a RUDE AWAKENING!!!

    January 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Chris

    It is interesting to me that Republicans are using this term "it is time to return power to the people" LOL..I'm mean seriously no matter what party is running Congress the people will is never heard!!! Because you have a bunch of members who political aspiration to help the people become clouded with the pursuit of power!!! The get in there for years and just do what they want and that is why we need term limits!! No person in Congress should be serving terms that span decades!!! While the Republicans are saying the MA win was about what is going on in Congress. I think it was more about the fact that people were trying not to send another off shot of the Kennedys into Congress. I think it would have been better for the Dems to have not tried to placate the former Senator wife wishes for Cloakley to have the seat.

    January 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. NC

    Return the power to the people and the states like segregation. You are indeed your father's son.

    January 20, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. fair

    I like what he said. Good luck to him!

    January 20, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Libby

    Hopefully his father didn't instill the concept of racial inequality with his love of public service.

    January 20, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's time to return power to the people, and the states – where it constitutionally belongs."
    -------------------------------
    Implying of course that something UNCONSTITUTIONAL is taking place now. What is up with these people, and their malarky. Do us all a favor and stay where you are.

    January 20, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Cool, but please keep your religion out of your politics. I'm so tired of Republicans, especially those of the South, trying to impose by the force of law their superstitions on the rest of us.

    January 20, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. JT in Fla

    Oh!! Boy,!! Another bigot running for Congress!! Is this a great country or what!!? South Carolina should never have been allowed to rejoin the union after the civil war.!!

    January 20, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Wow,they may as well elect the grand wizard.Bye bye miss american pie.

    January 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    These days when a politician says "Congress is simply ignoring the will of the people", what he is really means is that his people want back in political power to continue their degradation of OUR country. And his people are the confused and fearful tea-bagger clan who follow Fox media and hate radio propaganda of fear and intolerance.

    January 20, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. I Am Rush Limbaugh and I Say . . .

    Is South Carolina not the most disfunctionally political state in the union?

    January 20, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. stevegee

    Ride the conservative wave! The liberal elites are all going to be out of a job in November.

    America is fed up with the socialist agenda of Obama, Reid and Pelosi - we don't want the kind of "change" you're trying to shove down our throats!

    We want freedom and liberty. And we're going to fight for it at the ballot box - and win by a landslide!

    January 20, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    "The will of the people". Now in S. Carolina, what could that be ? Repeal of the 13th Amendment ?

    January 20, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    SC, do yourselves a favor, vote Democrat. Your GOP leaders, Sanford, Graham, Joe "The Liar" Wilson, and DeMint have done nothing for your state but cause embarrassment. Go Blue and open the door to progress!

    January 20, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Mitch

    I love how the right wing say they're returning the power to the people when it was the GOP president Bush who TOOK alot of power from the people. But in the end, the PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE THE POWER. Unfortunately, most people in the tea bag posse never passed remedial anything so they are forgiven for being ignorant.

    January 20, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Dave

    Just what the country needs: another Thurmond. No thanks, Republicans, we don't want any. The first was embarrassment enough to our country.

    January 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    This is sure to get a rise out of the left wing lunatics here! But they should remember how they faithfully support Sen.Byrd of West Virginia before casting any stones whatsoever.

    January 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Tom in Illinois

    He would probably do better than the president we now have.

    January 20, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Ron in California

    Can't wait to hear the name calling from the left on this one...Bet he won't get many endorsements no matter if he is a good guy

    January 20, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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