Thomas Ravenel may have new-found fame as one of the stars of Bravo’s newest hit “Southern Charm” but he also wants to take on a more serious project. Ravenel, 51, has announced that he may attempt a second run for the United States Senate if incumbent Lindsey Graham is once again the Republican candidate.
The Post and Courier reported on April 8 that "Southern Charm" Star Thomas Ravenel made the announcement regarding a run for the United States Senate while appearing as a guest on a late night talk show. The host of the show gave Ravenel the opportunity to make a formal announcement regarding his political intentions and the founder of Ravenel Development Company took the opportunity to explain his intentions.
If incumbent United States Senator Lindsey Graham is the nominee, Ravenel plans to run as an independent. Stating that he believes voters deserve a choice, Ravenel explained that he is socially liberal yet fiscally conservative, a blend that neither the Democratic nor Republican party currently can offer voters. Graham, who faces six challengers at the GOP primary in June, remains the favorite and will more than likely retain his seat in the United States Senate.
Even though the odds seem stacked against him, Thomas Ravenel, who appeared with fellow “Southern Charm” cast mates Cameron Eubanks and Shep Rose on “Watch What Happens Live”, let viewers know that his aspirations to return to political office are real. Ravenel has spent much of the premier season of “Southern Charm” discussing his reentry to politics with his political consultant who advised the 51-year-old that it is time for him to settle down into family life. Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis, 22, appear to have begun seriously dating during this season of “Southern Charm”.
Thomas Ravenel resigned as South Carolina State Treasurer when he pleaded guilty to felony charges of intent to distribute cocaine in September 2007 after completing rehab program in New Mexico. The charges against him stemmed from an alleged incident where Ravenel purchased less than 500 grams of cocaine.
This would not be Thomas Ravenel’s first run for the United States Senate. In 2004, the son of former United States Congressman Arthur Ravenel ran for the seat left vacant when South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings retired. Coming in third in the Republican primary, Thomas Ravenel then endorsed Jim DeMint. In 2006 Thomas Ravenel defeated nine-term South Carolina State Treasurer, democrat Grady Patterson.