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Mark Sanford Draws A “Challenger”

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A guy with a webcam and some dubious Photoshop skills is challenging former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford for the 2014 GOP nomination in South Carolina’s first congressional district.

Sanford captured this seat in May after a contentious GOP primary race and a bruising special election matchup against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.

Ajay Bruno – who brands himself as a “Conservative activist, political pundit, and radio talk show host” – launched his bid against Sanford over the Thanksgiving weekend, saying he wanted “to give people a choice of a candidate who will never betray them, and always strive to be honest and forthcoming.”

The 24-year-old also blasted Sanford as “one of the most corrupt and dishonorable officeholders in America.”

Sanford narrowly averted impeachment in 2009 after he was busted lying to the state about his whereabouts (the governor later famously acknowledged an extramarital affair with his Latin lover, now fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur).

Bruno, who is moving from New Jersey to Charleston, S.C. for the sole purpose of running against Sanford, kicked off his 2014 campaign with a three-minute web video (we made it until around the 1:27 mark) …

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He also posted this curious photo of himself and former U.S. president Ronald Reagan …

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Yeah …

Gotta love the Puma T-shirt, right?

Anyway, Sanford has had a few minor hiccups since reclaiming the congressional seat he held from 1995-2001, but for the most part he’s been rock solid on the free market/ individual liberty issues that matter to us.

In other words at this point we see no reason to replace him …

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