SHARE

S.C. Rep. Ted Vick has abandoned his bid for the U.S. Congress, the website SCNow.com is reporting.

The 39-year-old lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with speeding, driving under the influence and unlawful possession of a firearm. Complicating matters for the married part-time pastor, a 21-year-old woman was in the car with him at the time he was pulled over less than three-quarters of a mile from his downtown Columbia, S.C. apartment.

“Due to recent developments, Ted Vick is ending his campaign for SC Congressional District 7,” a letter to WBTW TV 13 (CBS – Florence/ Myrtle Beach, S.C.) said. “Please pull all spots off all logs and cancel future contracts/orders effective immediately.”

Vick was the Democratic frontrunner in the race for the newly drawn South Carolina seventh congressional district. His decision to drop out of the race effectively hands the Democratic nomination to Myrtle Beach, S.C. attorney Preston Brittain.

It’s not yet clear whether Vick will continue to seek reelection to his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives.

As the drama surrounding Vick’s arrest – and the rank hypocrisy it exposed – reaches a crescendo, several Democrats are accusing the S.C. Republican Party of setting the 39-year-old lawmaker up. Of course there are also rumors that the lawmaker was set up by fellow Democrats.

One Democratic source scoffed at both suggestions.

“The only person who set up Ted Vick was Ted Vick,” the source said.

Vick isn’t the first candidate to drop out of this race in the wake of legal issues. Former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers – one of the leading Republican candidates for this seat – was arrested in January and charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend. Viers later withdrew from the race and resigned his seat in the S.C. House.

***