Horry Republican leader arrested for mob style attack

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Conway Police have arrested a political director for the South Carolina Republican Party.

Braylee Estep, 22, is charged with third-degree assault and battery by a mob on Jan. 3.

Estep was released today from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center today after paying a $5,000 bond.

The South Carolina Republican Party did not respond to a message left today.

Braylee Estep is listed as the political director of the Republican Party on its website.

According to WBTW News:

Braylee Estep, 22, and Michele Stalvey Estep, 53, are charged with third-degree assault and battery by a mob, according to online booking records for the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. They both posted $5,000 bonds Wednesday afternoon and were released from jail.

Michele Stalvey Estep

The charges stem from an alleged fight on Dec. 23 at the Stalvey’s Watering Hole bar located in the 1600 block of 4th Avenue in Conway, according to a police report obtained by News13. A third woman identified only as a suspect in the report has not been charged.

Police called to the area to look into a vandalism complaint and talked to a witness and a victim, who said they were drinking at the bar when the third woman’s boyfriend began “hovering over them” and calling them vulgar names, the police report said.

The victim and the witness then left to go outside to their vehicle while another person paid their bar tab, the report said. They later became cold because of a longer-than-anticipated wait and went back inside while the bill was being paid.

In her bio, she describes starting as an intern with the state GOP’s Victory Program in Myrtle Beach in 2018. Since then, she has worked on multiple campaigns statewide.

In 2022, Braylee Estep worked on the Governor Brain Kemp and Herschel Walker campaigns in Georgia. In 2023, she returned to South Carolina and helped reorganize the 7th Congressional District.

According to Estep’s bio, her family owns Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway.


Braylee Estep

In the photo above, Braylee Estep can be seen creating a sign that read: NO to Domestic Abuse and John Gallman.

At the time Braylee was working for S.C. Senator Luke Rankin’s campaign. The campaign knew the T.V. ads and declarations they were making about candidate John Gallman were false.

Rankin was later sued. Estep has never been held accountable for her actions in this matter.

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