Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will be vying for his old congressional seat. In an in-depth interview with the National Review, Sanford said he would make the official announcement Wednesday.
“What I’d like to do is take all that I’ve learned in my time in Congress and my governorship, on my way up and on my way down, and apply it to what is probably the most important debate that we will have in regard to the future of our country,” he told writer Jim Geraghty.
Before serving two terms as governor, Sanford represented the 1st Congressional District for three terms, making a name for himself as a frugal man and a libertarian-leaning conservative.
Sanford has tapped Joel Sawyer, his spokesman in his final years in the governor’s office, to help lead his campaign.
Sanford is attempting a political comeback nearly four years after his affair with an Argentine woman was exposed and he and his wife Jenny divorced. His mistress is now his fiance.
There are now at least six Republicans planning to run for the seat which was vacated by Rep. Tim Scott when he became a U.S. Senator early this month.