Lin Wood is planning to use his newfound Republican celebrity to mount a run for chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, The State reports.
Wood, a Georgia lawyer who filed multiple lawsuits falsely alleging election fraud in the 2020 election, told the outlet that he plans to challenge SC GOP Chairman Drew McKissick just weeks after moving to the state.
Wood, 68, announced that he would relocate from Georgia in February amid a state investigation into whether he was a legal voter when he cast his ballot in November.
Wood bought three multi-million-dollar plantations in the state, according to the report.
“Let’s just say between the Lowcountry and Georgia, I just found the Lowcountry in South Carolina a lot more appealing in terms of residence,” he said.
Wood set to clash with SC GOP:
“A compelling reason for my decision to run for Chair of the South Carolina Party is that it is time for the leadership of the Party to recognize and appreciate the amazing Patriots stepping up to get involved in the party — this is NOT the time to take actions to exclude them,” Wood told The Hill.
“I am no fan of government corruption. Check my record. I am no fan of rule breakers as I believe strongly in the rule of law,” he said in a statement. “Check my record. I detest shady back room deals as I support shining light on darkness. Check my record. I want to help my new neighbors in South Carolina return the Republican Party back to The People. The People have ALL the power — not the elite cabal of the old guard leadership. The People of the South Carolina Republican Party will bring INTEGRITY back to the party and to the government. I trust We The People. It will be my privilege to work for The People as they pursue their goals.”
GOP chair got Trump endorsement:
Wood may have tied himself to Trump’s political fortunes after the election but the former president has already thrown his endorsement behind McKissick.
“In the past four years we’ve brought record numbers of new conservative patriots into our Party who want to make a difference, and the result has been the greatest growth and electoral success in the history of the SCGOP,” McKissick said, adding that he welcomes the challenge.
McKissick said that since he took over the party, the voters have elected “more Republicans across the state in more than 140 years, casting more votes for Trump than any presidential candidate in state history, gaining a supermajority in the General Assembly, electing Republicans in counties where Republicans haven’t had representation since the Civil War, reelecting Sen. Graham by double digits despite more than $130 million of Democrat spending, flipping back the First Congressional District, and beating Democrats by 17 points on straight ticket voting.”