A South Carolina pastor is mulling a 2014 Republican primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, sources familiar with his thinking tell FITS.
DeTreville F. Bowers, Jr. – pastor of Christ Church of the Carolinas – has reportedly raised the prospect of running for Senate in conversations with several social conservative leaders. Some of these leaders have passed this information along to Graham’s campaign, which according to one staffer views Bowers as a “credible threat.”
A native of Estill, S.C., Bowers spent two decades as a lawyer before earning his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia International University in the mid-1990s. He served as an associate pastor at downtown Columbia, S.C.’s prestigious (and politically connected) First Presbyterian Church prior to becoming the lead pastor at Christ Church.
A gifted orator, Bowers’ political ideology is unknown. Assuming he enters the race, though, he would find plenty of competition for evangelical votes as three of Graham’s four announced primary challengers wear their social conservatism on their sleeves.
Bowers did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on his 2014 intentions …
Stay tuned to FITS for more as this story develops.