Mulvaney did not return a phone call Monday. An announcement is expected soon, said York County GOP Chairman Glenn McCall, who has spoken with Mulvaney about his plans.
“He’s a strong conservative,” said McCall. “It’s giving the voters a choice, and seeing with these town halls and Freedom Rallies, are people worked up for a moment in time, or will this translate into changing the faces that represent us?”
McCall said taking on Spratt would be an “uphill battle” — but added that disenchantment with President Obama’s policies could work in Republicans’ favor during the midterm elections.
Mulvaney is considered an up-and-comer in GOP political circles; his campaign kickoff for the state Senate last year drew a smorgasbord of Republican luminaries, most notably Gov. Mark Sanford.
This isn’t the first time a high-profile Republican has sought to unseat Spratt. In 2006, Rock Hill developer Ralph Norman spent more than $1 million in his quest for Congress, but lost handily.
Spratt has represented the 5th Congressional District since 1983, establishing a moderate voting record that has stymied critics who call him too liberal. Spratt chairs the House Budget Committee and is the 2nd-ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.