In news first published by left leaning news group, Charleston’s Post & Courier, S.C. Representative Russell Fry is considering running against U.S. Congressman Tom Rice in the 2022 GOP primary.
In a related article, published by our news team, we asked if the Grand Strand Business Alliance will pressure Congressman Rice to step down after his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.
The Grand Strand Business Alliance has historically supported both Rice and Fry financially. Will the group continue to support both? Or will the group choose to support only one of the two in this campaign race?
You may not be familiar with the GSBA, but you have certainly witnessed their handiwork.
The group is comprised of among the most powerful Democrats in the State of S.C.
The GSBA could be called Rice and Fry’s considerable base. GSBA helped put both in office. The GSBA works ongoing to keep them in office.
The GSBA is by far the most influential political group on the Grand Strand. This Myrtle Beach Area Chamber related organization is headed by life-long Democrat, Steve Chapman. His cousin, Clay Brittain III also serves on the board. Brittan and his brother, Hotel Resort Manager Matthew are life-long Democrats as well. Other high profile board members also include S.C. Highway Commissioner Tony Cox, and Surfside Beach Property Manager Mil Servant.
These powerful Democrats clearly have to make a decision now.
Readers can expect few words from Fry attacking Rice. Fry is aware that grass roots conservatives will drop millions in TV ads and mailers against Rice, should Rice stay in the race.
Fry and the GSBA are more likely to go after the red meat conservative candidates, who are more preferred by Horry County residents.
As of this writing Horry County School Board Chairman Ken Richardson is weighing a campaign run. He has not officially announced his intentions.
North Myrtle Beach S.C. Representative William Bailey has announced that he is exploring a candidacy also.