Former Coastal Carolina University football coach David Bennett announced Wednesday afternoon that he would not be a candidate for the new S.C. 7th Congressional District seat. As the clock wound down toward zero hour for filing, all things did not fall in line for a Bennett candidacy.
Bennett said in a phone conversation this morning with Jeffery Sewell of SC Hotline that the whole family needed to be on board with the decision. Bennett said the talk was still ongoing, but his wife was holding out against running.
“My wife told me she believes my place is not in Washington politics,” Bennett said. “You’re a coach, not a congressman she told me.”
Other family considerations included uprooting his son, Jeb, a sophomore in high school and a disrupting move by the rest of the family.
Bennett did acknowledge the lure of politics.
“I’m very humbled that I was asked by people I respect to consider running for the seat,” Bennett said. “I know a lot of people are hurting in the country and Congress is in a stalemate and not getting the job done. I do believe we need a new direction in the Congress, but it’s not time for me to try and be part of it.”
Bennett’s possible entry into the race stirred up local politicos for over a week. The general thinking is that Bennett would have been one of the leading candidates in the race because of his name recognition and close personal ties throughout the new voting district.
However, Bennett put family considerations ahead of personal temptation. This is just another example that the strength of David Bennett’s appeal in both his professional and personal life is his honesty, integrity and willingness to stand with his convictions regardless of the temptation, even that of national office.