S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick (RINO-S.C.) – who ran a disappointing campaign for the U.S. Congress last year – will announce his bid for State Superintendent of Education this week, sources familiar with his plans tell FITS.
Patrick’s announcement comes as his personal life is unraveling – including his father-in-law announcing plans to run against him for his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives.
According to the father-in-law – Michael Stefonick – Patrick stiffed him out of $170,000. Oh, and is allegedly a terrible husband and father.
Of course we’re told this family drama could be the least of Patrick’s concerns …
“He is going to have a mess of issues to deal with,” one GOP source told us.
The only other Republican to announce his candidacy for this seat is Gary Burgess – who also has some “issues” to address.
Former general Mick Zais – who four years ago became the first “Republican” to win election as Superintendent of Education in a dozen years – announced last month that he would not seek a second term in 2014.
In addition to Patrick and Burgess two Democrats – S.C. Rep. Mike Anthony of Union, S.C. and former Department of Education staffer Montrio Belton of Fort Mill, S.C. – have announced their intentions to seek Zais’ post.