GOP Rep. Nancy Mace Battles with Ex-Staff Member
Former chief of staff to Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), Dan Hanlon, is actively pursuing her seat in the upcoming Republican primary for the South Carolina district, as first reported by Politico.
According to a source familiar with the emerging race, Hanlon has garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the donor class and grassroots voters.
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People in the district express a desire to be involved in defeating Mace, citing concerns about her chaotic style and reluctance to make challenging decisions, such as endorsing either Donald Trump or Nikki Haley.
Hanlon and Mace experienced a falling out after Mace voted to remove the speaker's gavel from Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
Despite McCarthy's subsequent resignation from Congress, he wields a substantial war chest and reportedly seeks retribution against the eight Republicans, including Mace, who voted to remove him. McCarthy has explicitly stated that Mace does not deserve to retain her seat.
In an interview with CNN after his removal as Speaker, McCarthy criticized Mace's philosophy and alleged flip-flopping, expressing doubt about her chances of reelection.
He accused Mace of lying about him breaking promises, citing a conversation with her chief of staff who affirmed that McCarthy had kept his word.
According to a source, McCarthy "likes Dan very much" and is determined to support efforts to replace Mace.
Mace has faced significant staff turnover during her congressional tenure, with former staffers publicly accusing her of running a dysfunctional office focused on self-promotion. Some former staffers have also spoken to left-leaning media outlets, criticizing Mace and her operation.
Hanlon, with his experience as Mace's former chief of staff and four years in the Trump administration, possesses knowledge that could potentially impact Mace negatively in the primary.
The deadline to qualify for the race is March 30, allowing the battle to rage on until the final candidates are determined.