Like father, like son …
Days after his father Ron Paul endorsed embattled former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford in the Palmetto State’s hotly contested first congressional district, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is following suit.
According to Peter Hamby of CNN, the younger Paul will endorse Sanford as early as this Tuesday – one week before the scandal-scarred politician faces well-funded Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in a special election for the seat he held from 1995-2001.
Despite his extensive personal baggage, Sanford appeared to have this race locked up earlier this month – until lawyers for his ex-wife, former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford, accused him of trespassing on her property in violation of the couple’s 2010 divorce agrrement. Since then Sanford’s campaign has been in free fall … with its modest lead over Colbert-Busch turning almost instantaneously into a nine-point deficit.
National “Republicans” have bailed on Sanford, while D.C. Democrats have stepped up their investment on behalf of Colbert-Busch – a former six-figure taxpayer-funded bureaucrat and sister of famous faux conservative comedian Stephen Colbert.
Paul’s endorsement of Sanford is part of a broader Palmetto State pushed aimed at building support for his 2016 presidential aspirations.
According to Hamby, Paul will pay a visit to the state in late June to raise money for the S.C. Republican Party – which dissed him earlier this month when it chose U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the keynote speaker at its annual Silver Elephant fundraising gala.