Tue April 30, 2013
Senator Rand Paul Endorses Mark Sanford for Congress
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing fellow Republican Mark Sanford's bid for the South Carolina's First Congressional District seat.
The special election is next week and features Sanford, a former governor, in a tight contest against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a political newcomer who is the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.
Sanford gained national notoriety for having a extra-marital affair while in office, and it was recently reported he was accused of trespassing on his ex-wife's property.
Despite those controversies Paul says Congress needs strong and consistent voices that will support fiscal responsibility, adding Sanford has a history of sticking up for the taxpayer.
"What we absolutely cannot afford is someone like his opponent, who will be yet another vote for a return to the Pelosi speakership, for disastrous programs like Obamacare, and for more spending and debt," says Paul.
In a separate statement, Sanford praised Paul, a potential 2016 presidential contender, as an "incredible advocate" for fiscal responsibility.
Paul's support comes a day after those personal indiscretions were brought up during a debate between Sanford and Colbert Busch.
Political observers say the debate favored Colbert Busch.