US Rep. Nancy Mace engaged to Charleston software entrepreneur | Palmetto Politics

COLUMBIA — South Carolina U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace is engaged, her marketing campaign announced May possibly 15. 

In a online video posted to her campaign’s YouTube webpage in excess of the weekend, her potential partner, Charleston tech entrepreneur Patrick Bryant, can be witnessed placing on a microphone and hiding behind a random constituents’ doorway.

An unsuspecting Mace, pondering she’s taking pictures b-roll for a professional, opens the door to come across Bryant waiting around inside of with a ring. 

The initially-term congresswoman, who is in the middle of a contentious GOP primary for reelection, said “certainly.” 

The proposal arrived in a chaotic weekend for the congresswoman, who was in the district on both equally official and campaign organization. On May 14, Mace was in Summerville taking part in a Dorchester County Republican Social gathering function where she met with voters and sent her stump speech along with her Trump-endorsed primary opponent, Katie Arrington. 

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A former Television producer, Bryant, who has been dating Mace for a number of a long time, is a longtime entrepreneur in the Charleston spot with stakes in several businesses all-around the region, according to his LinkedIn website page. His pending relationship to Mace, who has been married twice just before, will be his second, and he at present has two small children, aged 20 and 17. Mace’s two children are age 15 and 12. 

The South Carolina indigenous has also been included in a luxurious cigar venture in Charleston that led to Bryant co-founding a firm that specializes in developing 24-karat rolling papers that have attained recognition with cannabis smokers. 

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Mace is a key Republican voice in legalizing cannabis and has sponsored laws to decriminalize it at the federal amount. Her guidance of decriminalizing cannabis has turned into a marketing campaign challenge in her key fight versus Arrington, and has captivated tens of countless numbers of dollars in expending from anti-marijuana teams opposing her.

Mace said in a text that she was involved in endeavours to legalize hashish at the condition stage many years in advance of meeting Bryant, and that the enterprise currently has a existence in extra than 3,000 shops all-around the nation with no regulations in location that could be served or hindered by her legislation, which would enable states to set their possess marijuana regulations. 

“Will not have everything to do with my bill,” she mentioned. 

Bryant has also served as a chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and, most just lately, has labored as a top executive with area program improvement firm CODE/+/Have confidence in, which develops software package for a suite of company and governing administration purchasers about the state. He also launched the Harbour Entrepreneur Centre, a coworking space in downtown Charleston that has served start extra than 200 organizations due to the fact its founding in 2013.

The rolling papers company, he explained, is a relatively minimal enterprise. 

“As a minority investor I don’t have a working day to day purpose as I am centered on Code/+/Have confidence in, our software package item advancement company,” he stated. “As we only sell paper and tobacco nothing about the cannabis legalization outcomes our business enterprise straight. I assistance Nancy and that unique bill 100 per cent.”

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The information comes subsequent the launch of an posting in Politico revealing Mace’s current co-invest in of a additional than $1.6 million residence in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Property information clearly show Bryant as a greater part owner of the home, which the couple ordered in March 2021.

Mace, who life on Daniel Island, instructed The Write-up and Courier she is closing on a new household in the Charleston area afterwards this 7 days, but clarified in a textual content message she will be remaining in the district. 

“Our household will constantly be in the Lowcountry,” she reported. 

Make contact with Nick Reynolds at 843-834-4267. Stick to him on Twitter @IAmNickReynolds.