UNION COUNTY — Congressional liaison and former Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault has been named to US Sen. Marco Rubio’s grassroots leadership team in South Carolina.
In a statement released Monday, the “Marco Rubio for President” campaign announced its “South Carolina Grassroots Leadership Team” with Gault selected as the campaign’s leader for Union County.
Gault was appointed clerk of court in Oct. 2009 by Gov. Mark Sanford to fill out an unexpired term, becoming the first Republican to hold county office since the late 1870s. In 2012, Gault ran for and won a term as clerk of court in his own right, becoming the first Republican to win election to county office since the end of Reconstruction.
Gault served as clerk of court until December 2015 when he resigned to become district liaison for US Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney. As district liaison, Gault travels throughout the 10 counties that make up the Fifth Congressional District, meeting with both local officials and the general public in those counties to gather information on their needs and relay them to the proper authorities.
Gault is also an Executive Committeeman of the Union County Republican Party.
Prior to his appointment as clerk of court, Gault spent 27 years in law enforcement, retiring as a captain from the Union Public Safety Department.
Concerning his involvement in the grassroots leadership team, Gault said Monday that “I’ll be going to the different events that Marco’s having such as town hall meetings and really just helping his campaign in any way I can.”
Gault said he is supporting Rubio because of his positions on defense, law enforcement, immigration and border security.
“He has a lot of the same views that I do, he’s very strong on defense, he supports our military,” Gault said. “Locally, he’s a strong supporter of law enforcement. He’s very strong on border security and immigration.”
Gault said he is also supporting Rubio because of the strong possibility that the next president could appoint as many as three justices to the US Supreme Court. He said he feels Rubio would appoint justice who would protect the rights of the American people.
“Even before the death of Justice Scalia, he (Rubio) said the next president would be appointing two Supreme Court justices, and now it looks like three,” Gault said. “I really believe he will choose very conservative-minded justices. In my view, of the three branches of government — the executive, the judicial, and the legislative — the judicial makes decisions that last for a lifetime and I feel Marco Rubio would put people in place on the Supreme Court who would make good decisions that would protect the rights of the American people, which includes the right to bear arms and our Second Amendment rights.”
Gault said he is also supporting Rubio because of his personal character, particularly as it relates to his family.
‘He is a good family man,” Gault said. “He has had his wife and children traveling with him. It shows he’s a very true family guy. (US Fourth District Rep.) Trey Gowdey said today, and I agree with this, ‘The Marco Rubio you see on TV is the same Marco Rubio you see on the bus. He is a very genuine guy.’”
In announcing the appointment of its South Carolina Grassroots Leadership Team, the Rubio campaign pointed to the Florida’s senator’s performance in the recent GOP presidential debate in Greenville and what it stated was growing support for Rubio
“The Marco Rubio for President campaign is excited to announce growing grassroots support from across The Palmetto State,” the press release stated. “Coming off a winning debate performance on Saturday night, momentum for Marco is growing and more South Carolinians are rallying behind Marco and supporting his vision for a New American Century.”
Katie Baham, South Carolina State Director for Marco Rubio for President, reiterated this, pointing out that that the campaign’s grassroots support will play an important role in the days leading up to Saturday’s Republican presidential primary.
“Our team is strongly encouraged by the growing grassroots support for Marco Rubio in South Carolina,” Baham said. “At Saturday night’s debate, Marco showed that he is a tough, well-prepared leader who can unite the Republican party, grow the conservative movement, and win in November. Marco will be working extremely hard over the next six days to earn the support of voters across the Palmetto State, and our strong organization of grassroots supporters on the ground will play an important role in the closing days of this election.”
The South Carolina Republican presidential primary will be held this Saturday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]