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

Thurmond son enters South Carolina congressional race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/20/art.paulthurmond.gi.jpg caption="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. Jay

    We need to stop electing folks from political families. No more Bush's , no more Clinton, no more Biden's no more Thurmonds. Let them skip a generation or two.

    January 20, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. HeleneIrma

    Hope hi is not a racist like his father.

    January 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. TexasJack

    OH NO. Not this racist hound. Like Father like Son. Never.

    January 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I suppose this isn't one of Strom's secret, black children?

    January 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. lartinov99

    Has anyone noticed he looks like Kenneth from 30 Rock???

    January 20, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. vette gal

    OMG, another dynasty in the making. It's too bad most people vote on name rec ognition and not on merits.

    January 20, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. yeah

    another racist

    January 20, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. David

    more like the love of money and dealing to make more money. Family Dynasties in Washington should not exist for the sake of democracy.

    January 20, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Michael-SC

    is this what we need in politics? Another attorney, that can easily turn into a lobbyist? do we not have enough of them in politics?
    Running on daddys name?
    Oh boy. Really just what we need

    January 20, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. MattMan

    Let's see, how long before someone from The Party Of Hate calls him a racist?

    January 20, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Troy

    So his father instilled a "love of public service" in him....
    I can't help but wonder what hate he instilled in him as well.

    January 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Paul Thurmond = Grand Wizard

    January 20, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Gee...with that pedigree and South Caolina's track record for electing certifiable wing nuts....safe bet he'll get elected.

    January 20, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Orange Curtain, CA

    Another Republican attorney millionaire claiming to be a man for the people...seat him now so South Carolina can join the Neo-Confederacy

    January 20, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Hmm – wonder if he fathered any mulata babies (like his daddy) and wants to keep the blacks down so they'll keep their mouths shut (like his daddy's girlfriend did).

    January 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Alan, Phoenix

    thats correct. he should.
    after all we are in royalty......
    after Kennedys, Clintons. Bushes, we will have more dynasties

    January 20, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Glenn Koons

    Look, after Brown, all 435 House seats should be competed with GOP candidates taking on even the so called SAFE seats that Dems have such as Markey in Mass. The Tea Party people will be enthusiastic. Indies, Reagan Dems, common sense Dems and Libertarians should all unite with the GOP to push out as many radical socialist pacifists as possible. The GOP must have a Newt like Contract with 5 easily understood agenda items. Lower taxes and spending. Military and national security superiority. Protection of our borders, No amnesty. Choice in education. No Govt. socialist Obamacare but a free enterprise solution. That is a winning strategy.

    January 20, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. EC

    You've got to be joking? This racist off-spring of Thurmond thinks he's entitled? Thinks he's the chosen one? Wow...... will delusions never cease.

    I'm thinking Republicans are smelling way toooooooo much of themselves right now. Everyone is coming out of the cracks thinking they are competent and qualified. LOL. GET REAL.

    January 20, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Good call

    He's right about congress not listening. They will listen come election time. To the sound of a pink slip

    January 20, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but considering the state he comes from . . . . . . the klan must be so happy about this.
    Was lott around? I didn't see him in the picture.

    January 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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