SC Rep. Wilson Bucks Rep. Mace, Backs GOP Challenger Katie Arrington

On Thursday, longtime South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) endorsed Katie Arrington, the Trump-backed challenger to fellow Congresswoman Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC).

Wilson, who has been a member since 2001, took an unusual step Thursday by intervening in a Republican primary in his own state by endorsing Arrington, making his endorsement a bigger deal in the primary.

Typically, members of Congress either sit out their own party’s member primaries in their state or line up behind the incumbent.

The deputy said The state newspaper that he backs Arrington – a former lawmaker who also officially worked for the Ministry of Defense – because she is “a proven fighter” who champions Conservative principles.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) addresses a crowd at Senator Lindsey Graham’s election watch party on November 3, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford via Getty Images)

“As the murderers and enemies of freedom grow bolder under the weak leadership of the Biden administration, Washington needs more people who understand the significant implications of a weak America on the world stage,” Wilson said. . The state. “That’s why I’m endorsing Katie Arrington for Congress in South Carolina’s 1st District.

“Katie is a proven fighter for our conservative principles of limited government with expanded freedom that provides for strong national defense and the safeguarding of our border,” he added. “I support Katie Arrington because I know she will make a difference working for families in South Carolina.”

Arrington said The state in a statement that she “couldn’t be more honored” to have the congressman’s support. A source also told the publication that he plans to hold a fundraiser for her.

Arrington, who called the congressman a “fearless fighter for the people of South Carolina,” said, “I am grateful to have his endorsement and look forward to working with him on behalf of the people of South Carolina. our great state.”

As a first-year lawmaker, Mace faces two challengers after falling out with former President Donald Trump. Arrington has been the most significant challenger, winning support from Trump and now Wilson.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 21: Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) speaks to reporters after voting in the affirmative to hold former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon in criminal contempt at the United States Capitol on 21 October 2021 in Washington, DC.  The House voted 229 to 202 to hold Bannon in contempt for refusing to cooperate with the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.  Nine Republicans voted with Democrats.  (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) speaks with reporters after voting in the affirmative to hold former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon in criminal contempt at the United States Capitol on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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