Four term South Carolina Representative Gresham Barrett announced his candidacy for Governor of South Carolina Wednesday morning. Barrett, who has a long anti-gay voting record, is considered a rising star in the Republican Party.

Voters first dispatched Barrett to Washington in 2002, when he won the seat being vacated by Rep. Lindsay Graham. A seat he successfully defended against Democratic challengers Lee Ballenger in 2006 and Jane Dyer in November.

“I believe South Carolina has tremendous potential, despite our serious challenges,” Barrett wrote in an email to voters.

“I feel God has blessed me with strong experiences – in running a small business, raising a family, serving in our military, and leading in elected office – that give me a unique conservative perspective on the challenges we face and how to fix them,” he added.

Not included on his resume to voters was his civil rights record. But there is no need to ask Berrett where he stands on critical gay rights issues; one only needs to look at his biased legislative voting record.

While in Congress, Berrett's voting record is clearly anti-gay: Voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation (ENDA), co-sponsored and voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a heterosexual union (the Marriage Protection Amendment), and opposes legislation that would repeal the military's ban on open service (Military Readiness Enhancement Act).

In grading members of Congress, The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights advocate, has consistently scored Barrett at 0% for gay and lesbian rights.

In making his announcement, Barrett, a Republican, remained firm in his conservative ideals, “There are some things that we can improve, there are some things that we can change and move our country forward with, but our conservative values [we] will not compromise.”