Cunningham was first elected in 2018 | Photo by Ruta Smith

Former South Carolina Congressman Joe Cunningham teased political watchers and supporters over the weekend, saying he would share a “big announcement,” keeping many on the edge of their seat through a 56-second Twitter video that felt like the start of a new political campaign.

The video eventually took a twist into Cunningham’s trademark brand of semi-serious politician humor, cutting to a side view of the Charleston lawyer wearing a pair of navy shorts and a smirk.

His big announcement: the new “Joint Resolution with Joe Cunningham” podcast.

“My service to South Carolina is just getting started, and I will be sharing my plans for 2022 very soon,” Cunningham said in a tweet Monday morning. “In the meantime, I hope this podcast gets people thinking about how best to come together and tackle the challenges facing our state and nation.”

Episode 1 of the podcast, available on Spotify, features former U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, a Virginia Republican, and U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Virginia Democrat.

Nancy Mace, a former state representative, defeated Cunningham in 2020, putting the 1st District back under Republican control.

Speculation has followed Cunningham’s post-congressional career, questions about whether he will mount another bid in the 1st District or something higher-level, like a challenge to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in 2022.