I don't know much about Thomas Ravenel, the candidate running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, and I don't watch the reality show that he appears on. But I do know he's made some mistakes, served his time, appears to have reformed his behavior and holds many of the same beliefs as I do.
Obviously, he doesn't stand a chance of unseating Graham, but I applaud him for having the courage to attempt it, all the while knowing that he is opening himself up to the liberal media, especially considering his conservative/Libertarian philosophies.
Many, if not most, of the columns and opinion pieces I've read about him aren't very complimentary. I only wonder if they would say these same types of things if he had lived a previous life of poverty and crime, living off government support while being in and out of prison, and had then decided to run for public office. I doubt it. He would likely be treated as a hero who overcame "the system."