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Mark Sanford’s Sinking Ship




|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has lost his fundraiser and his spokeswoman within the last three weeks, sources close to the embattled politician tell FITS.  Maybe that explains the mini-meltdown he had with our founding editor last week …

A source in Sanford’s Washington, D.C. office has confirmed that his fundraiser – Sunny Philips – left the former two-term South Carolina governor’s orbit in late March to take a top position with the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.  That’s a tremendous blow to Sanford – as Philips is widely regarded in Palmetto political circles as one of the state’s most well-liked, well-connected, influential and experienced operatives.

Not to mention the fundraiser with the thickest Rolodex …

“She’s a big deal,” one Republican donor who has worked with Philips in the past told FITS.  “That’s a big loss for him.”

Sanford was reportedly “stung” by the news of Philip’s departure.  In fact a source at the chamber tells us he made some calls to influential members of the organization hoping to put the kibosh on her hiring.

Those efforts were unsuccessful …

This week, Sanford sources tell FITS the Congressman accepted the resignation of press secretary Amy Lazenby – just four weeks after she took the job.

What happened there?  It’s not immediately clear, although our source in the former “Luv Gov’s” office tells us Lazenby – a former columnist for this website – left the office sometime last week.

Neither Philips nor Lazenby were immediately available to comment on the reports of their departure. Sanford’s office did not immediately respond to our request for comment, either.

Our source at the chamber said Philips remained loyal to “Team Sanford” despite her decision to leave his political team.

“I don’t think it had anything to do with him – I think it had everything to do with the opportunity she was offered here,” the source said.

That may be true … but there’s no doubt Sanford is a mess these days.

Of course when one totally betrays the core convictions one used to hold (see HERE and HERE) … it’s bound to eat away at them.