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Mark Sanford’s Top Staffer Secretly Advised Thomas Ravenel




|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford‘s closest political advisor – and current chief of staff – provided covert counsel to former S.C. Treasurer (and reality TV star) Thomas Ravenel‘s disastrous 2014 petition candidacy for the U.S. Senate, sources tell FITS.

Scott English – who held a government job with then-S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais at the time – may not have directly interacted with the candidate, but volunteers on the Ravenel for Senate campaign tell FITS he performed a number of high-level functions on Ravenel’s behalf.

Among those functions?  Putting the campaign in touch with a media buyer for Ravenel’s end-of-race television ad blitz.

“English helped (Ravenel) because he did not like (Lindsey Graham),” an activist familiar with the situation told FITS.

Really?  That strikes us as highly unlikely … especially seeing as Graham is godfather to one of Sanford’s four children, and Sanford and his entourage (especially English) have always been chummy with Graham’s political team.

Also of interest?  The activist’s assessment of the value of English’s “contributions” to Ravenel’s candidacy.

“His advice … during the campaign hurt Thomas more than it helped,” the activist said.

That much is abundantly clear …

Ravenel was polling in the low double-digits for much of his 2014 candidacy, but finished with less than four percent of the vote.

What happened?  Well, aside from his always eventful personal life, Ravenel chose to put his money into television commercials stressing socially conservative (“Fighting for our Families“) and pro-military (“Fighting for our Bases“) themes.

Those advertisements – distinctly at odds with Ravenel’s personality and his ideology – fell flat with voters.

“He was told he had to counter the playboy image and (the) perception he was against men and women in uniform,” one source close to the campaign told FITS.  “They tried to turn Thomas into something he wasn’t.”

English did not immediately respond to our request for comment regarding his association with Ravenel’s campaign.

Of interest?  Last week English hired former Ravenel for Senate campaign manager Amy Lazenby as his new spokeswoman.