Embattled Ravenel to Run for National Office
Files petition to appear on November ballot
COLUMBIA, SC - (RAVENEL FOR SENATE) -- Lowcountry businessman, reality television star and former statewide official Thomas Ravenel submitted 16,469 signatures to the S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) today - more than enough to qualify him to appear on the November ballot against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and State Senator Brad Hutto.
"Today I filed signatures to appear on the November ballot and give South Carolinians a real choice - not a false choice between two increasingly indistinguishable bought-and-paid for political parties.
Working together over the last few weeks a team of volunteers and professionals collected more than 16,000 signatures from all 46 counties in the Palmetto State.
First I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to gather signatures. And everyone who signed our petition.
When it comes to their voice in the U.S. Senate, South Carolinians no longer have to make the false choice between the warfare state and the welfare state - between crony capitalists and bureaucratic apologists.
Before I filed these signatures, voters had to choose between a guy who wants to take most of their wallet and all of their liberties ... and a guy who wants to take all of their wallet and most of their liberties.
Now they can vote for someone who will protect both - advancing prosperity and freedom for all no matter their age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Lindsey Graham doesn't want you to have this choice. In fact the special interests who bankroll his campaign and his pit bull political action committees are going to do everything within their power to maintain the status quo.
They. Are. Scared.
And not just of losing, they are scared that for the first time someone with an unafraid, uncompromising voice is stepping forward to call them out for what they are - thieves of your liberties and your livelihoods.
Unlike two-party Washington, my campaign will propose real reforms - true spending cuts, tax cuts and other market-based reforms aimed at redefining our relationship to government - asking not what government can do for us but what we can do for ourselves and - wherever possible - those in need.
I look forward to laying out those ideas in the weeks to come and engaging in a long overdue debate over the future direction of this country. "
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