COLUMBIA — S.C. Sen. Tom Davis announced Wednesday he will not run for governor next year, saying he could be more effective in the Legislature and that the timing to run was not right for his family and business.
The Beaufort Republican, one of the Legislature’s fiercest anti-tax hawks, said he would be in a weaker position to change South Carolina’s government from the governor’s office. The state constitution hands more power to the Legislature.
Davis saw this firsthand as chief of staff for then-Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican who fought, often unsuccessfully, with a GOP-dominated General Assembly on trying to reduce spending.
“I don’t want to tilt at windmills; I want to get things done, and I’m in a unique position in the state Senate to impact public policy on behalf of individual liberty and free markets – in some cases to a greater degree than if I were in the governor’s office,” Davis said in a statement.
“Recent history has shown that reform-minded governors without legislative support can’t get much accomplished,” he added.
Davis was able to