U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace is out with her third television ad of the Midterm General Election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
The ad aims to connect Democratic challenger Annie Andrews to the policies of President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which it argues have hurt the American economy
The ad, “Working Mom,” features Kandee Parker, a mother, entrepreneur and business owner, lamenting how inflation has harmed people like her.
“Everything from gas to groceries costs more these days, and families like mine are really hurting,” Parker says in the ad. “Biden and Pelosi created this inflation crisis, and Annie Andrews will make it worse.”
She claims Andrews would be “a rubber stamp” for a “tax and spend agenda” and drive living costs up even further.
“Nancy is fighting to stop reckless spending and put more money back in our pockets,” Parker continues.
Mace, a freshman Republican in the House, is on her second leg of defending her seat this cycle after defeated a Trump-backed challenger in the GOP Primary, Katie Arrington. Mace faced an uphill battle in the Primary after vocally criticizing the former President following the January 6th Capitol attack, drawing his ire and being labeled as “nasty, disloyal, and bad for the Republican Party,” according to Politico.
While still a swing district, Republicans hold a healthy majority in CD 1, which includes the Biden-held areas surrounding Charleston alongside deep-red communities.
The district is home to nearly 243,000 GOP voters, while Democrats have just over 190,000 voters in the district, according to the most recent L2 voter data.
Mace, like other GOP candidates throughout the nation, hopes to capitalize on surging concerns over the economy as Election Day draws near.
“As we saw in the debate last week, we simply can’t afford to send Annie Andrews to Congress, where she would be nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Biden-Pelosi spending spree that’s driving inflation sky high,” Mace Campaign Manager Austin McCubbin said. “Andrews has yet to find a massive spending bill she wouldn’t support, and worse yet, doesn’t know how anything would be paid for. Her lack of knowledge is a recipe for more of the same economic pain working families are facing today.”
Andrews is a pediatrician and a professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She’s also a gun violence prevention researcher and community advocate who works to reduce pediatric firearm injuries through secure storage counseling and gun safety education.
In addition to gun violence, Andrews’ campaign platform includes protecting women’s health care access, addressing climate change and protecting voting rights, among other issues.
Mace has had an interesting path to politics, and one that could resonate with average voters in South Carolina. She initially dropped out of high school and became a waitress at Waffle House before later attending The Citadel, an experience on which she authored a book entitled “The Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel.”
This is her first re-election campaign.