COLUMBIA — While the political world waits for former Gov. Mark Sanford to make a final decision on whether to seek the 1st Congressional District seat, one of his close allies is going to work for a potential rival in the race.
Chris Drummond, a Charleston political consultant and former spokesman for Sanford, will work as the lead consultant and strategist for the campaign of Republican Teddy Turner, Drummond confirmed late Tuesday.
Teddy Turner, the son of CNN founder Ted Turner, was among the first group of candidates to announce interest in the seat.
Drummond said he told Sanford of the decision on Friday before signing with Turner, but said he doesn’t know whether Sanford will run or not.
Filing for the seat vacated by Senator-designate Tim Scott will begin at noon on Jan. 18 and close at noon on Jan. 28, according to the State Election Commission.
Scott will be sworn in Wednesday.
COLUMBIA — On Tuesday, a source close to Gov. Nikki Haley confirmed that the governor has narrowed her list of possible U.S. Senate appointees to succeed the retiring Jim DeMint down to five candidates. The finalist that’s drawn substantial curiosity is Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former Gov. Mark Sanford. Today I asked Haley, a former protege of Mark Sanford, about her relationship with Jenny Sanford.
Here’s what Haley said: “I’ve always stayed in touch with her, yes. We’d see each other from time to time at events and then we also have emailed back and forth.”
I followed-up by asking Haley if the pair talk policy.
Haley’s response: “At times I’ve asked her opinion on things, or if I see her somewhere I’ll just say, you know, ‘Do you have any advice for me, is there anything you see I’m doing right or wrong?’ I’ve always done that. I do that with any former governor that I see as well. And so she’s one of those people I look at. She’s lived it, she’s been through it. So she’s a confidante that I’ve always looked to to just say, ‘Tell me what I’m doing wrong, tell me what I’m doing right.’”