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It’s not often that a U.S. Congressional campaign is launched from a foreign country, but that’s exactly what happened this week in the increasingly bizarre (and crowded) race for South Carolina’s first congressional district.

Ray Nash – former sheriff of Dorchester County and a criminal justice advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan – announced he was resigning his position abroad to return home to Summerville, S.C. and run for Congress.

The dateline for Nash’s statement?

Kabul, Afghanistan …

“Due to the recent attacks on our Constitutional freedoms, I was gravely concerned that I would no longer recognize my country upon my return,” Nash said. “Then I realized I had a clear opportunity to do something about it by running for Congress.”

Nash brands himself as a social and fiscal conservative, saying “our nation is facing a number of moral and constitutional crises, such as fiscal irresponsibility, unbridled government expansion, and assaults on Second Amendment protections.”

His campaign announcement came on the same day that former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford formally declared his candidacy for the seat vacated earlier this year by recently nominated U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. In addition to Sanford, a flood of other candidates is running for the seat including S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston), S.C. Rep. Peter McCoy (R-James Island), S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick (RINO-Beaufort), former S.C. Sen. John Kuhn, Charleston businessman Teddy Turner, Charleston attorney Curtis Bostic and former Charleston County School Board member Larry Kobrovsky.

Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has also indicated he is considering a bid.