A year after winning his seat, state Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R) has “turned his sights” on Rep. John Spratt (D). Local and state GOPers say they expect Mulvaney to enter the race “in the next few days.” York Co. GOP Chair Glenn McCall: “He’s a strong conservative. It’s giving the voters a choice.”
But Spratt “has dispensed with a long list” of challengers in the past. In ‘06, developer Ralph Norman (R) spent more than $1M and garnered just 43%. But on 10/5, Mulvaney said he’s hearing from constituents “who are upset over Spratt’s support for health care reform efforts” led by Pres. Obama, as well as his support for cap-and-trade and bailouts. Mulvaney: “I think there is a groundswell of backlash against the Obama administration. I don’t think people expected we would own General Motors and dictate compensation at the banks” (Garfield, Rock Hill Herald, 10/6).