Mace’s Ex-Chief Of Staff Challenging Her For Seat In Congress

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) was recently challenged by her former chief of staff, Daniel Hanlon, for the House seat she currently occupies.

Mace has served in Congress since 2021 and was one of eight House Republicans who voted to oust former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the speakership.

Hanlon recently filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, challenging Mace for South Carolina’s First Congressional District seat.

In October 2023, Mace and Hanlon engaged in controversy after the South Carolina lawmaker decided to vote to oust McCarthy from the speakership.

After being ousted from the position, McCarthy recalled a conversation with Hanlon regarding Mace’s claims that the California congressman hadn’t kept his word.

“So, I call [Mace’s] chief of staff [Hanlon] … I said, ‘Can you please tell me, I don’t understand? Where have I not kept my word?” McCarthy told reporters upon being removed from the speakership. “Chief of staff said, ‘You have kept your word 100%.”

“Her chief of staff told all of us we have kept every single one of our words. And he said he’s told her that, too,” McCarthy added.

Hanlon’s primary challenge against Mace comes after the South Carolina congresswoman endorsed former President Donald Trump, who is currently in a two-person GOP primary race against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R).

Haley has refused to drop out of the 2024 GOP presidential primary race despite losing the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary against the former president.

“Today I’m endorsing Donald J. Trump for President. I don’t see eye to eye perfectly with any candidate. And until now I’ve stayed out of it. But the time has come to unite behind our nominee,” Mace said on X, formerly known as Twitter, adding that the country is in grave shape under President Joe Biden.

“Our country needs to reverse all the damage Joe Biden has done. By every barometer, our lives and our nation were better under President Trump. The economy was booming, our border was locked down and our nation and her allies were safer because our adversaries feared him,” Mace added.

“Donald Trump’s record in his first term should tell every American how vital it is he returned to office,” the South Carolina lawmaker continued.