WASHINGTON — South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott had few words Tuesday when asked about the campaign of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who is running for Scott’s old seat in the House.
“I got nothing at this point,” Scott said, after a couple short frustrated sounding sighs, when asked if he would go help Sanford or had any thoughts on his beleaguered campaign.
“I mean, I think, that the chances are he wins, so,” Scott added.
The political comeback of Sanford, whose gubernatorial term ended under a cloud of scandal after the revelation that he was having an affair with an Argentine woman, hit some roadblocks last week, when the Associated Press reported that his ex-wife had filed a complaint against him for trespassing at her house. Sanford said he was there to watch a football game with their son. The National Republican Congressional Committee was apparently taken by surprise by the report, and subsequently dropped Sanford like a hot potato. A fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday that was supposed to be attended by the Republicans in South Carolina’s congressional delegation was cancelled the next day.
A poll released Monday found Sanford trailing his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, by nine points.