Reality television star and former South Carolina state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel (R) is gearing up for a run as an independent against Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Trump says he's considering restricting travel to coronavirus 'hot spots' MORE (R-S.C.), he tells The State.


Ravenel, who left office after being busted for cocaine possession in 2007, has become better known in recent years as a star on Bravo's reality show "Southern Charm."

Graham recently won his primary in a dominating fashion and is unlikely to face much of a challenge this fall, though some Graham allies are concerned that the libertarian-leaning Ravenel could siphon some of the vote from him and force Graham to work a bit harder for reelection.

The wealthy Ravenel, the son of a former congressman, has the ability to self-fund his campaign. He says he's gathering the 10,000 signatures necessary to make the ballot.