Before the state becomes a proving ground for presidential candiates–it will be a sort of parade ground for Republicans getting ready for their party primary–one of the first to take place. And those “wanna be” candidates are courting South Carolina’s GOP leaders in Congress–especially Congressman Joe Wilson.
Wilson is enjoying a higher profile since he became known as the Congressman who yelled out to President Obama during a joint congrssional speech.
Now, he is seen by Republicans as a man who speaks his mind–and since regaining his seat in a million dollar campaign–he is seen as a friend to make in the state.
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence will decide this month if he will run for president. He hosted a fundraiser for Wilson this year in South Carolina.
Wilson’s office confirms that he has gotten financial support of $2,000 from Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and $1,000 from former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Senator Jim DeMint is will be closely watched by GOP presidential candidates, because this year he launched campaigns against party favorites, saying he is seeking a new kind of conservative. He has been working closely with Sarah Palin and Tea Party leaders.
Stay tuned for what will be a busy political year.