Former treasurer Ravenel mulling return to politics

Thomas Ravenel
Thomas Ravenel

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former state treasurer who served time for drug charges is considering a return to the political arena.

Thomas Ravenel responded to reports he was considering a run for the seat representing the state's Congressional 1st District on his Facebook page Friday.

Ravenel said, " I am considering a comeback but I'm not sure if the timing of this race is right for me. Anyway, the filing deadline is not until January 28 so that's 17 days for me to make up my mind."

The seat was recently vacated by now-Senator Tim Scott, who replaced Jim DeMint in early January after being appointed by Governor Nikki Haley.

Ravenel, a Charleston native, has been out of the news since Dec. 2011, when he denounced the federal government and claimed he was a victim of the "war on drugs."

Ravenel wrote in an email that the federal government had become a threat to America's founding principles of individual liberty and prosperity - something he notes he has first-hand knowledge about. He also derided excessive government regulations, noting he paid millions in fees and taxes.

Ravenel served 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to buying cocaine for himself and to share with friends.

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