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Lough announces run for Congress

Posted: March 29, 2018 5:25 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Steve Lough

Steve Lough has thrown his hat -- or perhaps red nose -- into the ring in the race for U.S. Congress. Lough, a former Ringling Brothers Circus clown, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress in South Carolina’s 5th District currently held by Ralph Norman (R).

Lough lives in Camden, where he was born and raised. He graduated from Dartmouth College as well as Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Lough worked for Ringling Bros. for many years, Kinoshita Circus in Japan for three years, and the last 10 years he worked for McDonalds performing Anti-Bullying school shows all over eastern N.C., from Chapel Hill to Ocracoke.

Lough said he is running because he believes our country is far behind in healthcare compared to the rest of the civilized world. He is also running because of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“We were doing two Anti-Bullying shows at an elementary school on Camp LeJeune when Sandy Hook happened,” Lough said. “As we left the school, I turned on the radio and heard the news for the first time. For the next six months I couldn’t sleep, felt depressed, and every time I worked with a six-year-old volunteer in the show, I was reminded of the horror of that day in Newtown. When none of our gun laws changed, I got mad.”

Lough’s political career started when he volunteered for the Obama campaigns of ’08 and ’12, knocking on doors and meeting voters in North Carolina.In 2016, it was the message of Bernie Sanders that motivated Lough to get more involved, he said.

“What Bernie Sanders is saying is not radical in any other part of the civilized world -- it’s common sense,” he said. “We should invest in our children’s education so they can be good citizens; workers should be paid a living wage; and you should be able to go to the doctor when you are sick and not worry about going bankrupt. Single Payer Healthcare works and it saves taxpayer money. My wife is Japanese; I lived in Japan; I have personally seen how single payer healthcare works.I believe healthcare is a basic human right.”

“People are struggling,” he continued. “I saw it all over North Carolina, touring public schools and talking to kids and teachers. And the people in Washington don’t seem to care, nothing is getting done. They joke that the President and Congress are all clowns. Well, in my professional opinion, they are the worst clowns I’ve ever seen. Real clowns care about their audience and understand that “The Show Must Go On!” I’m not your typical politician for sure, but I promise to work tirelessly for the people of the 5th District from day one, and to move our nation forward.”

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