Georgetown GOP Chair Mentioned on "Meet the Press"

Contact: Tom Swatzel (843) 357-1673

GEORGETOWN--On Sunday's "Meet the Press with Tim Russert" program Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman Tom Swatzel came up in the political roundtable discussion of the Republican presidential primary race in South Carolina.

Byron York, White House correspondent for the National Review, brought up Swatzel in a discussion of the latest poll showing former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, R-Tn., who is expected to formally announce his candidacy in early July, leading in South Carolina over Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain.

York stated, "In South Carolina last week, I talked to the, the head of the Georgetown County Republican Party, and he did not like the McCain-Giuliani-Romney choice at all. He was very, very open to Fred Thompson. But he said openly, he said, "Look, I don't really know all of that much about him." And it's not clear to me right now whether all of these Republicans, these 20 percent in this poll, are in love with Fred Thompson, or in love with the idea of Fred Thompson."

Swatzel was interviewed by York in Murrells Inlet on June 8th.

The Georgetown County Republican Party has invited all 12 of the GOP presidential primary candidates recognized on the state Republican Party web site, plus Fred Thompson, to participate in a straw poll-barbeque event to be held Saturday, July 28th at the Waccamaw High School auditorium in Pawleys Island.

Click here for the program transcript