Former professional clown running for Congress in South Carolina

Former professional clown running for Congress in South Carolina

A former professional clown is running for Congress in South Carolina.

Steve Lough — a former clown for the Ringling Bros. circus — is running as a Democrat in South Carolina's 5th District.

"They joke that the president and Congress are all clowns," Lough said when announcing his bid, according to The State.


"Well, in my professional opinion, they are the worst clowns I've ever seen."

Lough's website is

Lough said he wants to advocate for gun control and universal access to health care.

He cited the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying that he was working in a North Carolina school to help combat bullying at the time.

"For the next six months, I couldn't sleep, felt depressed, and every time I worked with a 6-year-old volunteer in the show, I was reminded of the horror of that day in Newtown," Lough said, according to The State.

"When none of our gun laws changed, I got mad."

Lough has in the past volunteered on the 2008 and 2012 campaigns of former President Obama. He said he also volunteered on the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (I-Vt.).

Several other Democrats have also filed to run in the South Carolina district against Rep. Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanReps. Massie, Grijalva test positive for COVID-19 GOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue nearly 0K in combined mask fines Top House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers MORE (R). The Democratic primary will be held later this year.

Norman took the seat in a special election last year after it was vacated by Rep. Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump's relocation of the Bureau of Land Management was part of a familiar Republican playbook Jan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision MORE (R-S.C.), who had become President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE's budget director. Though Norman only won the special election with 51 percent of the vote, the seat is not considered in danger of a Democratic upset in 2018.