Electing Mark Burns to Congress would elevate Trump agenda

Electing Mark Burns to Congress would elevate Trump agenda
March 04 19:11 2018 Print This Article

Pastor Mark Burns announced in February that he would seek the Republican nomination for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District.  Representative Trey Gowdy, who received 67% of the vote in his 2016 re-election campaign, recently announced that he will not seek a fifth term.  The 4th is the most compact of South Carolina’s seven Congressional Districts and includes most of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

The 38-year-old pastor operates an evangelical website called The Now Network, which broadcasts Christian worship services from around the country.  He became an early supporter of President Donald Trump in 2015 and has served as a Trump surrogate on local and national TV and radio programs.  Burns believes that the President’s America First agenda needs more strong supporters in Congress.

Burns recently told Bloomberg News that he was running to advance the America First agenda.  He does not believe that Speaker Paul Ryan has shown enough commitment to meeting key Trump objectives, including securing the border and supporting a level playing field in international trade.  Burns speaks of economic empowerment and “access to success.”  As an African-American, he believes that message will attract new voters to the Republican Party.  He says that illegal aliens take jobs that otherwise would go to legal-resident minorities.

The filing period for the June 12 primary election will conclude March 30.  There may be more than 10 candidates by then.  State Senator William Timmons and State Representative Dan Hamilton are among the others who have already announced their candidacy.  Former State Senator Lee Bright and Spartanburg Republican Party Chair and talk radio host Josh Kimbrell have also expressed interest in the race.  Burns currently resides in Easley, which is actually in the 3rd Congressional District.  The U.S. Constitution only requires Representatives to reside in the state they represent.

I met Pastor Burns when he participated in a BBC forum at Charles Towne Landing in 2017.  He met with a small group of Trump supporters after the event at the nearby T-Bonz restaurant.  He was very personable and made time to speak individually to each person who attended.  He is a strong advocate for improving education and economic opportunity to give all Americans a chance to improve their quality of life and standard of living.