- - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Chad Connelly announced this week that he will be running for Congress, to fill the empty seat of Mick Mulvaney who became the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President Trump.

Then-RNC Chairman Reince Priebus hired Mr. Connelly as the Republican National Committee’s National Director of Faith Engagement, a newly created position. Instead of taking it for granted that evangelicals would always turn out to vote for anyone and anything bearing the Republican label, Messrs. Priebus and Connelly worked hard to court that vote. And, as 81 percent of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump last November, Mr. Connelly’s effort and organization paid dividends and won the White House.

I was on a group travel tour with the Connellys in 2014 and found them to be extremely friendly, patriotic and full of energy for helping lead our nation. If elected to this position, I am sure he will serve South Carolinians with distinction. Here is an excerpt from Connelly’s email announcement letter:

I’ve never held public office but have been a small business owner for over 20 years. After my US Army and SC Army National Guard days as a Tank Commander and Platoon Leader, I spent eight great years working in and learning about corporate America. That’s when I took another leap by deciding to write a book on American Christian history and the free enterprise system. I have been working ever since to encourage Christians to engage more in the public arena.

Over the past 3½ years, I have had the privilege of traveling and speaking in over 40 states and in front of over 80,000 pastors and priests and faith leaders encouraging them to re-engage this culture and take back our land! So many of you have challenged me to do more than just talk about this engagement but to run for public office myself. Although I’ve worked for years as a volunteer and as SC Republican Party Chairman, I’m actually pretty new to being a candidate. I have told people who have encouraged me to run that it would have to be God Himself to make an opportunity available. With Donald Trump’s historic and unpredicted win, we have been shown that opportunity.

We also recognize that “Washington is broken.” Career politicians have entrenched themselves at the public’s expense, but the American people have spoken. With historic numbers of conservatives elected across the land, hardworking, God-fearing, patriotic Americans have the right to demand conservative change for our nation. If we’re ever going to fix DC, it will have to begin with term limits. This one bold idea, limiting the term of office for career politicians, so that we get more citizen legislators as the Founders intended, would fundamentally change the way DC works and give us the chance to enact the real conservative solutions our country so desperately needs.

You can count on me to fight for free market principles to bring jobs back to our land, protect the unborn and defund Planned Parenthood, encourage work not welfare, restore a strong national defense while always taking care of our veterans, re-establish the rule of law and our sovereignty and insure the protection of our most sacred rights of freedom of religion, speech and the right to keep and bear arms. …

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