by Kate Mosso, WCIV ABC News 4—Monday, July 8th 2019
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The Lowcountry chainsaw artist who founded the grassroots group ‘Bikers for Trump’ announced his bid for Congress Monday
You may know him as the man you sold you artwork off Hwy. 17, or as the face of ‘Bikers for Trump,’ but now Chris Cox believes he would best serve people in the Lowcountry as their voice in Washington, D.C.
“You’ll see that chainsaw in Washington, because we’ll be cutting through the red tape in Washington D.C.,” Cox says.
Since 2015, Cox has been touring the country and holding biker rallies in support of President Trump. “The ‘Bikers for Trump’ was initially funded by my artwork as donations started coming on.”
Now the group is a national phenomenon with millions of likes on social media and approval from the President himself. “I’ve actually been standing right here on this property and had him call my phone before to thank us for some of the work that we’ve done.”
But Cox says the four-year tour has left him with one regret, “to have Joe Cunningham calling the shots for not only me, but my neighbors. I was very disappointed.”
“I influenced, along with the ‘Bikers for Trump,’ so many different midterm elections across the country, but I didn’t come back to my hometown to have anything to say about it.”
Cox says he’s determined to use his political connections to represent people in the Lowcountry as a representative for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
“I’ll be able to sit down at the table and explain to the President why things like offshore drilling, like fracking, that’s not a good idea for the Lowcountry.”
Now Cox is getting ready to hit the road again to rally support from local voters. “I’m going to figure out what their wants, wishes, and needs are. And I’m going to do my best to fulfill them.”
The first campaign stop for Cox was at North Charleston City Hall Monday night, where he met with local party leaders.
Three other Republicans (SC Rep. Nancy Mace, Beaufort County Council member Mike Covert, Mt. Pleasant Town Council member Kathy Landing) have also announced plans to run against Rep. Cunningham in 2020.
A spokesman for Joe Cunningham’s campaign commented on Cox’s campaign announcement saying in part, “folks know Joe Cunningham is getting things done for the Lowcountry and that’s exactly why they’ll re-elect him in 2020.”