Paul Thurmond, a county councilman in Charleston, South Carolina, and a son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC), officially announced today that he is running for Congress. Thurmond is seeking to represent the open seat of GOP Rep. Henry Brown, who is retiring.
"We've reached a point where Congress is simply ignoring the will of the people, and that's not acceptable. It's time to return power to the people, and the states -- where it Constitutionally belongs," Thurmond said in his announcement.
Thurmond is 33 years old, and a son of a legend in South Carolina politics. His father served as both governor and senator, and ran for president in 1948 and carried four Southern states on a segregationist platform. In 2002, Strom Thurmond became the first and so far the only 100-year old senator. Paul Thurmond faces a crowded field in the Republican primary, including Carroll Campbell III, who is also the son of a popular late governor.