Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The freshman Republican wins big over his two rivals for the District 4 seat.
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy handily won re-election to Congress on Tuesday night with nearly 65 percent of the vote. Based on unofficial vote tallies, the freshman Republican congressman received 171,505 votes to 89,094 votes for Democrat Deb Morrow, and 3,341 votes for Jeff Sumerel It was a night for incumbents. All six of South Carolina's Congressmen won re-election. Tim Scott (R-1), Jeff Duncan (R-3), and Gowdy all won with 60 percent (or more) of the vote. Joe Wilson (R-2) and James Clyburn (D-6) ran unopposed. Mick Mulvaney (R-2) won his race over Joyce Knott 55-45 percent. The first occupant of the seat for the new House District 7 will be Tom Rice (R), who defeated Gloria Tinubu by a margin of 55-45 percent. Gowdy was first elected in 2010…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
If elected as the 4th Congressional District representative, Jeff Sumerel promises to accept no financial contributions, express no opinion, hold one-term, and implement a secure online voting system
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A Fourth Congressional District candidate plans to sign a public document Saturday to keep his campaign promises. Jeff Sumerel will sign a Promise Of Just Representation at 11 a.m. Saturday near the Vietnam Memorial in Cleveland Park. In a release, Sumeral said the public signing s a gesture to hold true the principles of his campaign. Sumerel is the only U.S. candidate in history to accept no financial contributions, express no opinion, hold only one-term, and with plans to implement a secure online voting system. The voting system will allow constituents of the 4th District to directly submit their vote on every act of congress – with the majority determining how Sumerel would vote. Democrat Deb Morrow and incumbent Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Deb Morrow and Jeff Sumeral met constituents Monday evening to talk politics in the 4th Congressional District.
On Monday evening, Democratic candidate Deb Morrow and Jeff Sumerel, who is loosely affiliated with the Green Party, told an intimate crowd at the Greenville Public Library they were too polite to talk to an empty chair during a candidate forum in the 4th Congressional District Monday night. The two candidates noted U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy (R) had been invited to attend the event, but were told his schedule prevented him from doing so. Emily Harbin, a member of Deb Morrow's campaign staff, said that she saw Gowdy earlier at a Spartanburg gym and could "only assume he had bigger things to do later this evening." Gowdy was speaking to a group of senior citizens at Ben Avon United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, an appointment that had …
Friday, September 21, 2012
District 4 congressional candidates Deb Morrow and Jeff Sumerel to hold public town hall events next week — minus no-show incumbent Trey Gowdy.
A pair of U.S. House candidates bidding to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Trey Gowdy will appear together in two separate town hall-style forums next week. The forums, open to the public, will feature Democratic challenger Deb Morrow of Spartanburg, and Jeff Sumerel, an independent candidate and filmmaker from Greenville loosely affiliated with the Green Party, which has nominated him. The first forum will be held Monday, September 24 from 7-8 p.m. at the Greenville Main Library, and the second will be held Saturday, September 29 from 1-2 p.m. at the Spartanburg Main Library in the Barrett Room. Gowdy was invited to attend the events, but declined, citing scheduling conflicts. Morrow, facing an uphill bid to unseat Gowdy, recently …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gowdy's Democratic challenger for Congress gets the nod from the S.C. Working Families Party.
Democrat Deb Morrow, who faces an uphill battle to unseat District 4 Congressman Trey Gowdy in November, will get at least an extra boost today. At an afternoon press conference this afternoon in Spartanburg, Morrow will pick up the cross endorsement of the S.C. Working Families Party. Though a minor political party, it's a state-certified one, formed in 2006. With the endorsement, which essentially acts as a party nomination, Morrow will appear twice on the ballot. That might not necessarily translate into more votes, but it will serve as extra exposure on the ballot and win her the support of the party's grassroots activist base, party officials said. Votes cast for Morrow on the Working Families ballot line count toward the candidates …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Second such award for former Spartanburg County prosecutor and freshman Congressman.
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-Spartanburg), who represents much of the Upstate in Congress, was named as the top "Surprise Standout" by Washingtonian Magazine in its annual "Best and Worst of Congress" survey. Last year, the New York Times named Gowdy one of the coolest members of Congress. See the complete list right here. Why Gowdy achieved the accolade from the Washingtonian is unclear. However, despite being a freshman, Gowdy has not exactly been a traditional back-bencher. Gowdy, a mostly hard-line, Tea Party-backed conservative who faces Democratic challenger Deb Morrow for his 4th District seat this November, has been the leading GOP spokesperson against the Department of Justice's controversial "Fast and Furious" program. And, he …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Democratic challenger throws down the gauntlet, calling for a debate against first-term incumbent Congressman Trey Gowdy.
It's a truism in politics: Challengers want debates. Incumbents? Not so much. With just 82 days left until the election, Deb Morrow, the Democratic challenger in the race for the state's 4th District congressional seat, wants a debate. And on Wednesday, she challenged first-term Congressman, Republican Trey Gowdy, to one at a press conference in Spartanburg. CLICK TO READ THE TEXT OF MORROW'S DEBATE CHALLENGE. Gowdy has been noncommittal so far. According to a report, Gowdy's office said that the congressman cannot comment until Morrow sends an official debate invitation. "He'll look at it whenever the invitation comes," Josh Dix, a spokesperson for Gowdy, told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Morrow claimed she has sent an invitation, by …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Democrat faces long odds in challenging popular incumbent.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
My name is Deb Morrow. My involvement in politics started in the 1960s, when I participated in Project Peace, a high school initiative for cooperation between African-Americans and whites. It was very controversial; this was a dangerous time, at the height of emotions about segregation, when people going against the grain here in the South faced social pressure at the very least, and in many cases violence. But I got involved because it was the right thing to do. It brought out a strong commitment to all civil rights that has never left me, throughout a lifetime of speaking up. Now, I’m running for Congress because, despite being told by all sides that it can’t be done, I want to stop our political process from being sold to the highest …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Popular Republican takes on upstart Democrat.
On Nov. 6 voters in the 4 th Congressional District will choose between incumbent Trey Gowdy (R) and challenger Deb Morrow. Gowdy was elected to represent the 4th in 2010. Prior to being elected to Congress, Gowdy served as the Solicitor for the 7th Circuit for 10 years, having won election three times. Morrow is an Inman resident and this is her first attempt to win elected office. She has a long record of community activism dating back to the 1960’s. She defeated Jimmy Tobias in June to win the Democratic nomination. See how Gowdy and Morrow compare on the issues by viewing their websites here and here. See how Gowdy’s and Morrow’s fundraising totals compare here and here.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Deb Morrow, who shut down her Morrow4Congress account after two tweets allegedly were sent calling her opponent Rep. Trey Gowdy a "homo," announced Wednesday she will tweet again.
Deb Morrow plans to tweet again. Morrow, a Democratic challenger for the 4th U.S. Congressional District seat held by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, announced Wednesday she will reopen her Morrow4Congress account. Morrow shuttered the account on July 10, after two tweets allegedly were sent calling Gowdy a homosexual. In a release sent out by her campaign, Morrow wrote, "Twitter is a vital communications component of social networking especially for those young voters new to the political process. It is also the most practical outlet for instant information in the highly fluid world of politics and legislative actions. It would be unfair to deprive my base of current and potential supporters of my platform and opinions, so they can make an …