Sources close to the campaign of fiscally liberal former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic tell FITS a “game changing” endorsement is coming his way as he battles former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford for the GOP nomination in the state’s first congressional district.
Speculation immediately centered on the man Bostic and Sanford are seeking to follow into the U.S. House – newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. However, sources close to Scott – who served with Bostic on Charleston County council – confirmed his intention to stay out of the race.
Who could it be, then? One of our sources speculated the mystery endorser might be S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who is no friend of the man she followed in office (despite the rather large debt she owes him for her victory). Of course given Haley’s sub-par approval rating in the first district – 45 percent of voters disapprove of the job Haley is doing compared to 41 percent who approve – it’s hard to see her endorsement as “game changing.”
Bostic – who trailed Sanford by 13 percent in a recent survey of the district – received the endorsement of former “Republican” presidential candidate Rick Santorum earlier this week. He was also endorsed by “conservative” luminary Ann Coulter, who is also no fan of the former governor.
Bostic and Sanford face each other on April 2, with the winner going up against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.
UPDATE: Focus on the Family’s James Dobson has just endorsed Bostic’s campaign. Hmmmm … given the 76-year-old’s declining status and the fact Bostic already has the impressionable social conservative vote locked up, we’d be hard pressed to call that “game-changing.”