Lowcountry political circles are buzzing with reports that while current First District Congressman Henry Brown is leaving Congress, he may not yet be done with Lowcountry politics.
Talk in the last two days has exploded about Brown's potential candidacy for the office of Berkeley County Supervisor, joining an already crowded Republican primary field which includes incumbent Supervisor Dan Davis, Berkeley County School Board member Terry Hardesty, Hanahan Mayor Minnie Blackwell and former County Council member Jean Woods, Jr.
Berkeley County is one of four counties in the state which elect the office of County Supervisor, who serves as the Executive officer of county government, as well as the Chair of County Council.
While Brown battled to hold onto the usually safe Republican Congressional seat in 2008, his Berkeley County base, where his political career began as a Hanahan Town Council member and State Representative, has remained loyal to him. Many of Brown's supporters have supported Davis, but as they have much longer loyalties to the retiring Congressman, it's hard to imagine that many won't ditch Davis to support Brown, or simply sit the race out.
As many of the supporters of Blackwell and Hardesty have long been ardent Davis opponents, and Brown has the potential to steal many of the incumbent's supporters, a Brown candidacy would thrown this local race wide open - and prove that those who thought Henry Brown was going quietly into the political night were mistaken.