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A clown is running for Congress in South Carolina


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A former clown for the Ringling Bros. is running for office.

Steve Lough, a Democrat in South Carolina's 5th District, is in contention to hold a seat in Congress.

As part of his campaign, Lough has decided to embrace his old profession and appear in clown makeup for promotional photos. His website can be found at ClownForCongress.com.

"They joke that the president and Congress are all clowns," Lough said. "Well, in my professional opinion, they are the worst clowns I've ever seen."

Lough says he would be an advocate for universal access to health care. He also wants to reform gun laws and is in support of gun control.

Lough says he was deeply affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

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

Lough, whose campaign slogan is "aim high! vote Lough!," says he has performed 45 minute long anti-bullying elementary school shows for 10 years. His interaction with elementary school students influenced him to run.

The candidate will be running against two other Democrats who are hoping to defeat Republican incumbent Rep. Ralph Norman. Norman won the seat after it was vacated by President Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney.

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