Carroll A. “Tumpy” Campbell III – who has staked his limited career on being the son of a former governor – announced his intention to run for South Carolina’s First Congressional District earlier this week.
The announcement comes amid rumors that current U.S. Rep. Henry Brown – who has held the seat since 2001 – will step down at the end of his current term.
Former House Majority Leader Jimmy Merrill (R-Charleston) is also rumored as a potential candidate for the seat, along with Myrtle Beach businesswoman Katherine Jenerette, who ran against Brown in last year’s GOP primary.
“Tumpy” – whose brain is said to be no larger than a walnut – is perhaps best known in Palmetto political circles for being unceremoniously booted from the State Ports Authority by Gov. Mark Sanford a little over a year ago after he was caught improperly lobbying.
And then crying like a little girl for weeks thereafter.
He’s also known for a scandal involving some Injuns, and for being one of several candidates in the Richard Quinn & Associates (RQA) fold who belongs to a controversial “Whites Only” country club in Columbia.
Oh well, Campbell should still get pretty good coverage from The Palmetto Scoop, though, as well as Channel 5 in Charleston.
And we suspect Bill Stern will cut him a nice check, too.