In South Carolina, Paul seeks common ground among GOP
June 28th, 2013
09:51 PM ET
1 year ago

In South Carolina, Paul seeks common ground among GOP

(CNN) - Making his political debut in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina, Sen. Rand Paul on Friday leveled blows against the Obama administration and sought to fuse some of his libertarian-leaning positions with the wider Republican Party platform.

The first-term senator from Kentucky, who’s considering a White House bid, addressed his criticism of Guantanamo Bay, the government’s surveillance programs and his proposals to cut defense spending–three topics that fall out of line with mainstream Republicans.
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul • South Carolina
Youngest state GOP chairman looks to appeal to 'buffet generation'
June 19th, 2013
03:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Youngest state GOP chairman looks to appeal to 'buffet generation'

Washington (CNN) - When the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party abruptly resigned two weeks ago to take a new job in Washington, GOP activists appointed Matt Moore, the party's former executive director, to replace their leader.

Moore earned another distinction in the process. The boyish-looking 31-year-old is now the youngest state party chairman in the country, in either party.

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Filed under: Republicans • South Carolina
First on CNN: Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals
June 8th, 2013
02:02 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee has brought on a director of evangelical outreach to massage the party's complicated relationship with religious conservatives, GOP sources told CNN on Saturday.

The party organization has hired Chad Connelly, a consultant and motivational speaker who, until this weekend, was the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.

Connelly resigned from that job Saturday and informed members of the state party's executive committee that he will be taking a job at the RNC.

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Filed under: RNC • South Carolina
Back to the future for Mark Sanford
May 15th, 2013
07:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Back to the future for Mark Sanford

Washington (CNN) – Mark Sanford is a member of Congress, again.

The former Republican governor of South Carolina, whose political career was left for dead along the Appalachian Trail after an extramarital affair, was sworn in Wednesday to the House of Representatives.
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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford will no longer appear in court for trespassing
May 8th, 2013
04:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Sanford will no longer appear in court for trespassing

(CNN) – Mark Sanford, elected to the U.S. Congress Tuesday in South Carolina, will no longer be required to appear in court this week to face allegations he violated his divorce terms after trespassing at ex-wife Jenny's beach house.

A consent order from family court in Charleston County indicates the two parties reached an agreement ahead of the May 9 court date, under which Sanford admitted "that he is in contempt for this and previous instances of trespassing upon plaintiff's property."
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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
May 8th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
2 years ago

5 things we learned from Sanford's win

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Mark Sanford is heading back to Washington after detours along the Appalachian Trail and Argentina.

The former South Carolina governor finished his second term in office three years ago with his political career dead in the water thanks to a well-publicized extra-marital affair and ethics violations. But he came away Tuesday with a victory over Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for a vacant House seat in the Palmetto State's 1st Congressional District - the same seat he once held.

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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
May 7th, 2013
11:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Sanford completes political comeback in South Carolina race

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Mark Sanford is living proof that life is full of second chances.

The former Republican governor of South Carolina, whose political career was left for dead along the Appalachian Trail after an extramarital affair, asked for, and Tuesday received, political redemption as he won a special election to fill a vacant House seat that he once occupied.

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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford wins South Carolina House vote
May 7th, 2013
08:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Sanford wins South Carolina House vote

(CNN) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford will win the race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects. With 70% of the vote in, Republican Sanford leads Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54%-45%.

Once considered a possible presidential candidate, Sanford left office at the end of his term having admitted to an extramarital affair and under a cloud of ethics violations. He represented the district for three terms before being elected governor.

Before the race, businesswoman Colbert Busch was best known as the sister of Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Boehner's tepid support for Sanford
May 7th, 2013
02:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner's tepid support for Sanford

Washington (CNN) - After endorsing former Rep Mark Sanford last month in the special congressional election in South Carolina, House Speaker John Boehner appeared to distance himself Tuesday from the controversial former governor, saying "the electorate gets to decide" who their representatives in Congress are.

Sanford gained notoriety in 2009 when while serving as South Carolina's governor he disappeared from public view and his aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He later admitted he was in Argentina visiting his mistress.
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Filed under: John Boehner • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
May 7th, 2013
07:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Sanford: Comeback race in 'good Lord and voters' hands'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Take a former Republican governor whose political career was left for dead along the Appalachian Trail after an infamous affair.

Add a Democratic candidate best known as the sister of Comedy Central show host Stephen Colbert.

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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
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