Sheri Few

Sheri Few, a Republican candidate in the special congressional election seeking to replace Mick Mulvaney, has taken on the strategy of releasing online videos as a way to generate media attention before the upcoming primary. 

COLUMBIA — Republican congressional candidate Sheri Few has released another political ad trying to fire up Second Amendment-loving, Confederate flag-waving voters in South Carolina. 

Few, one of a handful of Republicans running to fill the 5th Congressional District seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, released a new ad Wednesday complaining about lawmakers reacting to tragedies. 

"Weak politicians are too quick to blame a horrible tragedy on a flag or a gun, or even free speech, and that's how bad laws are made," Few says in the ad as she stands in front of an American flag while holding a military-style rifle. 

The new online video comes several weeks after Few released another ad attacking two other Republican opponents for voting to take down the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds in response to Dylann Roof's racially motivated murder of nine black parishioners in Charleston. 

The ads have grabbed the curiosity of some online viewers as the special election primary nears May 2. The election was called after Mulvaney became President Donald Trump's budget director.

The fiery messages have fallen relatively flat among some in the crowded Republican field, which also includes current and former state lawmakers and a former state GOP chairman. State Rep. Tommy Pope and former state lawmaker Ralph Norman, who were the targets of Few's earlier pro-Confederate flag video, have said the ads are not an issue in the race. 

The ads, and Few's campaign, seem more focused on generating media attention as the special election nears.

"ATTENTION LIBERAL MEDIA: @SheriFew will be releasing another TV ad for you to attack TODAY @ 2 pm," she wrote on her Facebook page early Wednesday. "You won't like it and you'll definitely want to see it!"

Few's campaign director said they have been advertising her confederate flag ad on cable television heavily over the past week, including regularly on Fox News Channel, and will be buying air time for the new ad too. 

The 5th District stretches from Sumter toward Rock Hill and the North Carolina state line. 

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