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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A run for the U.S. Senate apparently isn't going to stop Thomas Ravenel's side career as a reality tv star.

In an about face, Ravenel released a statement Tuesday saying he will participate in the second season of the Bravo TV series "Southern Charm." The show follows around a group of wealthy Charleston residents--including Ravenel--and their escapades in the city.

Earlier, Ravenel had said he wouldn't participate in the show a second time.

"I struggled with this decision in light of the political campaign I am undertaking," Ravenel said in a statement. "Ultimately it came down to this: It doesn't make sense to turn down a platform that enables you to spread your ideas to a bigger, more diverse audience. If America is ever going to turn things around, we've got to get rid of this notion that cookie cutter politicians with their blemish-free backgrounds are the way to go. The truth is those are the very politicians who are driving this country into a ditch. That's never been who Thomas Ravenel is - and so owning a part of my life that doesn't fit the typical political mold is fine by me."

Monday, Ravenel presented to the South Carolina Elections Commission what he says are 17,000 collected signatures that he hopes will get him on November's ballot as a petition candidate. If the commission approves them, Ravenel will join incumbent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, Democrat Brad Hutto, and Liberterian Victor Kocher in the general election for the senate seat. Previous Coverage:Thomas Ravenel Says He Has Signatures

Ravenel was elected as the South Carolina State Treasurer in 2006, but had to resign just months into office because of his indictment on a federal drug charge. He later pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

He currently works as a real-estate developer.

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