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Nancy Mace Was In A Hurry To Get To Tim Scott’s Prayer Breakfast

No “rise and shine” for congresswoman’s fiancee …

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I was speaking with a national reporter earlier this week about the rising political fortunes of Nancy Mace, the first district congresswoman from South Carolina. According to this reporter, members of the Washington, D.C. press corps continue to be amazed by Mace’s ability to attract press – one of many reasons she appears to be inching toward a spot on Republican vice presidential short lists.

“It’s uncanny,” the reporter told me, remarking how Mace has a knack for “deftly positioning herself at the forefront of policy debates in such a way as to maximize her media exposure.”

It happened again this week at U.S. senator Tim Scott‘s thirteenth annual prayer breakfast – held in our nation’s capital against the backdrop of Scott’s suddenly serious 2024 presidential bid.

This time, though, Mace stole the show not by making any bold policy pronouncements – or engaging in any rhetorical flourishes – but rather with a humorous anecdote about her personal life. A very humorous, very personal anecdote.

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Specifically, Mace referred to an attempt by her fiancee – Charleston, S.C. entrepreneur Patrick Bryant – to, um, “rise and shine” with the vivacious congresswoman prior to her departure for the event that morning.

“Patrick, my fiancee, tried to pull me over by my waist this morning in bed,” Mace said. “And I was like ‘no baby, we don’t got time for that this morning. I gotta get to the prayer breakfast – and I gotta be on time.'”

Several jaws dropped, but most in attendance – including Scott – laughed as Mace recalled the story.

“A little TMI,” the second-term congresswoman from Daniel Island, S.C. acknowledged amid the chuckling.

Fortunately for Bryant, Mace made it clear the morning denial of her man was merely an exercise in delayed gratification.

“He can wait,” she said. “I’ll see him later tonight.”

While there’s no immediate word on whether Bryant’s patience was rewarded (we haven’t made any official inquiries), Mace’s joke was all anyone attending Scott’s breakfast was talking about.

“Everyone was buzzing about it,” one attendee told me.

Mace, 45, is on the move in Washington, D.C. Last spring, she defeated a credible, well-funded primary rival backed by former U.S. president Donald Trump. Then she vanquished a credible, well-funded general election rival last fall in a landslide – winning a purple district that had gone down to the wire in each of the previous two election cycles by 14 percentage points. In her landslide win, Mace flipped 40 percent of previously held Democratic precincts and even managed to win deep blue Charleston County by nearly 4.5 percentage points.

Mace carried independents and women in this erstwhile purple district – and she absolutely cleaned up in the deep purple suburbs. With Biden carrying an estimated 55 percent of women voters and 54 percent of suburban voters in 2020, these are critical GOP target demographics in 2024.

Since her reelection, Mace has continued to chart a principled, independent path – including voting against GOP leadership on that big debt ceiling vote two months ago.

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Nancy Mace at a prayer breakfast hosted by U.S. senator Tim Scott in Washington D.C. on July 26, 2023. (U.S. Senate)

“This bill had no limit on the debt ceiling at all,” Mace said in a video recorded after her vote. “It also put into law record high levels of spending created during the Covid pandemic era. To put that into law as your baseline spending going forward – I just can’t even imagine how we sold out our kids and grandkids.”

Conservatives rejoiced at her vote … and Mace lost precisely zero ground with her more moderate backers.

“That’s some serious coalition-building … and it’s one of many reasons growing numbers of national Republicans are sizing up the 45-year-old sophomore congresswoman,” I noted earlier this year. “Cobbling winning margins in key swing states isn’t going to be easy next fall – especially if Trump is on the ticket.”

But Mace could be “just the ticket” to achieve such margins …

Of course, getting there may involve a few more frustrating mornings for her fiancee …

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Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.

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The Colonel Top fan July 27, 2023 at 10:11 am

Mace for VEEP?!? You’ve got to be kidding me…

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The Colonel Top fan July 27, 2023 at 10:27 am

She’s fine where she is and she’d be infinitely better than the current occupant of that position but let’s find someone ready to become the president please.

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CongareeCatfish Top fan July 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

We’re all sinners. ” There is none that is righteous, no not one.” And I think Mace is a pretty good representative, on balance, and generally has a good moral compass when it comes to good governance. That said, it sure takes some chutzpah to show up to a highly publicized Christian prayer event and joke about your “living in sin” and no-one even bats an eye. Sign of the times, I suppose.

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Ben July 27, 2023 at 5:45 pm

Republican Family Values. Just like Mark Sanford, Donald Trump, Matt Gates, etc. etc. etc. But it’s the gays who are destroying the sanctity of marriage. Can a Christian baker sell a cake to a fornicator?

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Observer (the real one) July 27, 2023 at 9:32 pm

Was Nancy in a hurry so she could help Timmy lose his virginity and the sexual ambiguity that has dogged him like his colleague, Lindseypoo?

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Nanker Phelge July 27, 2023 at 10:06 pm

“her fiancee – Charleston, S.C. entrepreneur Patrick Bryant ”

Dude, traditionally “fiancee” is the woman, “fiance” is the man.

Regardless, a moment of silence for his rejected morning wood…

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Brent Cooper Top fan July 28, 2023 at 2:26 pm

Nancy you are right on!

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Leslie Day-Ebert July 29, 2023 at 4:44 pm

I’m sorry. Put me down as old-fashioned but that was way too personal and also quite the juxtaposition to be admitting to living with your fiancé before marriage and being on your way to a prayer breakfast. Yup, we’re all sinners. But it still leaves me disappointed. And just because “it’s the norm now” doesn’t make it right. Please save your hateful comments. I’m immune to them.

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