GOP PRIMARY BID? Former Fox News Host Eric Bolling Considering Congressional Bid in S.C.

Don’t look now, but a familiar former Fox News host may be about to launch a primary bid against a Republican incumbent in South Carolina.

March 13, 2021

Conservative TV talk show host Eric Bolling is in preliminary discussions about waging a congressional campaign in his adoptedhome state of South Carolina, according to multiple people familiar with the talks.

People briefed on the discussions say it isn’t immediately clear where Bolling would run, but that he could potentially wage a primary against GOP Rep. Tom Rice, who voted for then-President Donald Trump’s impeachment, or another Republican representative, Nancy Mace.

“I absolutely love living in South Carolina and taking time to listen to voters (and viewers), and what I hear is total frustration with President Biden’s aggressive progressive agenda. South Carolina is conservative, and South Carolinians deserve conservative representation in D.C.,” Bolling said when contacted by Politico.

It’s no secret that the former president is friendly with Bolling. It’s also no secret that Trump has said he will be targeting, politically speaking, Republicans who voted to impeach him an unprecedented second time. And that will serve Bolling well in a very red state.

Mace, while she didn’t vote to impeach, did blame him for the riot and predicted in mid-January that more GOP lawmakers actually would have voted with Democrats to impeach if the latter party had not rushed the process.

“No matter even if you think the president is guilty as hell, like many—many do believe there has to be due process, there has to be an investigation, we have to go even if it’s through special committee work or judiciary,” she told Meet the Press. “Those things needed to happen in order for impeachment really. I think you would have gotten more Republicans on board if it were done with due process and with an investigation.”

“We do need to find a way to hold the president accountable, and we’re doing that in the press,” Mace added. And a day after the riot, she told The State newspaper she no longer believed in Trump.

Bolling was said to have dipped his toe in the political pool before. He moved to South Carolina a number of years ago in advance of a potential primary against Sen. Lindsey Graham but ultimately that contest did not materialize. And these days, Graham appears to be solidly in Trump’s camp though at times he can still revert to his previous RINO ways.

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