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A Rocky Start to Campbell for Congress?

April 21, 2009

By A. Citizen

By now most SC political insiders have heard the word that Carroll Campbell III, aka Tumpy, is seriously looking at running for Congress against incumbent Henry Brown. What you may not have heard is how rocky a start his campaign has gotten off to.

First, it has been said Campbell’s announcement earlier this year came as a surprise to his mother and brother. That’s along way away from the days of his father “sitting down with Iris and the boys before making decisions.”

Second, Campbell shows up at the Charleston County convention on Saturday night and is greeted by lots of Henry Brown volunteers and a majority of the crowd wearing Henry Brown stickers. Campbell, reportedly showed up empty handed, took a seat in the guest section quietly (though he now declares Charleston as his home, he was not elected delegate or alternate to the convention). Shortly after he got the word that he was expected to speak, he was not to be found. Needless to say, he remained MIA when it was time for him to give his speech leaving Charleston convention goers wondering just how serious his campaign really is.

Third, he started this week off with a bang too. His “hand written” federal form was just placed online (most Members of Congress and Federal candidates file electronically. It is 2009). The report shows some interesting things. While a couple of his big supporters wrote the obligatory “maxed out check” of $2,400, the very same Iris Campbell that was surprised by him running only donated $1,000. While $1,000 is a nice contribution from someone you just met, that amount from someone who is wealthy, well known, and just happens to be your mother is not a good sign. The report also reveals that after all the fanfare and big talk, Campbell has raised a total of $21,600. That would be a fine amount of money to raise for a quarter if you are running for state house or state senate, if you are going to beat a Republican incumbent like Henry Brown, you better raise $21,600 or more a week if you expect to have any chance at all.

Make no mistake, it is not time to write the Campbell campaign off but it is time for Tumpy to ramp it up.

SCHotline’s A. Citizen Blog is commentary and opinions are submitted by political insders and the politically inclined it does not represent the views of SCHotline and when possible all efforts are made to confirm the accuracy.  Mr. Campbell was not immediately available for comment.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Southern Belle permalink
    April 21, 2009 5:05 PM

    Caroll the third is not his daddy and Henry Brown’s going to wipe the floor with him.

  2. J. Riley permalink
    April 21, 2009 5:08 PM

    You dont get much better voting record, as Henry Brown. He stood up against the President and everything that is wrong, and he has lead the Republican charge on fighting spending and looking out for Veterans. Tumpy is a nice guy, but he should pick on somebody who has done a bad job not someone like Henry Brown who has done a great job.

  3. CharlestonBossss permalink
    April 21, 2009 5:12 PM

    Henry Brown is a great Representative of the people of South Carolina’s First District. His voting record shows that he is in tune with the needs of the people. The Democrats are going to have a tough fight on thier hands with an energized Henry Brown!

  4. ProBowler permalink
    April 21, 2009 6:12 PM

    Henry Brown is a great family man with great moral values. He cares about the hard working people and also cares a great deal about our Veterans of war.

  5. Cougardad permalink
    April 21, 2009 8:15 PM

    I’m not voting for Carroll. Not because he walked out on a speech, but because Henry Brown has been a reliable Congressman for us, for our kids in the military. He knows what we need, he’s done a good job, and i’m glad we have him working for us.

  6. charlestongamecock permalink
    April 22, 2009 12:01 AM

    As a young, active Republican from Charleston, I see what Henry Brown’s record has done for the betterment of the state as a whole, and especially the 1st District. He stands by what he believes in, and takes proper action in Congress on behalf of the 1st District. Campbell just needs to listen to his mama and leave well enough alone. I think her actions speak louder than any words that he did or did not say, and he needs to rethink how to go about a political career other than riding his name.

  7. Gotcha permalink
    April 22, 2009 1:22 AM

    Good Try Jeff. How much did you get for this?

  8. Sam permalink
    April 24, 2009 3:19 AM

    It looks as if the same person kept posting over and over with negative things to say about Carroll Campbell. That is unfortunate. Keeping a seat warm does not qualify as doing a good job.

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