Pro-Trump attorney L. Lin Wood has launched a bid to become chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, not long after moving to the state from neighboring Georgia.
What are the details?
In a social media post, Wood said this week that "a compelling reason for my decision to run for Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party is that it is time for the leadership of the Party to recognize and appreciate the amazing Patriots stepping up to get involved in the party — this is NOT the time to take actions to exclude them."
He then criticized current state GOP Chairman Drew McKissick, accusing the state party of overstepping its authority by removing "the person in charge" in Horry County with a "representative" who allegedly "took all of the master thumb drives from today's data entry as volunteers were working."
Wood argued, "the only reasonable explanation for this intrusion is that Horry County has major numbers of MAGA Republicans."
The Post and Courier noted that McKissick's re-election campaign was endorsed by President Donald Trump via a handwritten note in February, which said, "You have my complete and total endorsement. Great job!"
In reaction to Wood's campaign announcement, McKissick told the newspaper, "Any South Carolina Republican has the right to run for State Chairman and I welcome the challenge."
McKissick, who has run the state party since 2017, added, "In the past four years, we've brought record numbers of new conservative patriots into our party who want to make a difference, and the result has been the greatest growth and electoral success in the history of the SC GOP."
The Post and Courier confirmed, "Despite [former President Donald] Trump's national loss to Democrat Joe Biden, South Carolina Republicans are coming off one of their best election cycles in party history."
The Epoch Times reported that Wood claimed in an earlier social media post that "several concerned South Carolina Republicans who are conservative patriots" had approached him about running for the position, asking him if he "just talked the talk or would I walk the walk."
The outlet noted that Wood "recently announced he had moved to South Carolina after living in Georgia for some 65 years."
Wood and fellow pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell famously called on Georgia Republicans to boycott their state's Senate run-off races in January over allegations of widespread voter fraud during the general election. Both Republican incumbents lost to Democratic challengers, handing Senate control to the Democratic Party — which already held the House of Representatives and the White House.
Earlier this year, Wood claimed that that State Bar of Georgia demanded that he undergo a mental health examination in order to keep his law license in the state.