June 16th, 2010
05:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Jenny Sanford to join Haley in final push

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/16/art.jennysanford.022610jpg caption=" Jenny Sanford will join front-running South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley on the campaign trail Friday."]
(CNN) - Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford will join gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on the campaign trail Friday for a headline-grabbing final push ahead of next Tuesday's Republican runoff election, a Haley source tells CNN.

Sanford won't have to go far to join the Republican frontrunner - Haley is scheduled to appear with Mitt and Ann Romney in Charleston and Beaufort, both a short drive from Sanford's home on Sullivan's Island.

Sanford gave Haley's campaign its first major endorsement last fall, when Haley, a state representative, was the least known of the four candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Now she is on the cusp of winning the nomination, assuming she maintains her current wide lead in the runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett.

Haley is regarded as Gov. Mark Sanford's ideological protégé in the governor's race. But the governor, aware of his tarnished reputation in the wake of an affair the destroyed his career and marriage, has avoided endorsing Haley.

Filed under: 2010 • Extra • Jenny Sanford • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Stacie

    Poor Jenny seems to have an attraction to adulterers.

    June 16, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Jenny ran SC when her husband was gov., and she's looking for another shill or puppet to control.


    June 16, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. SCOTO

    "Haley is regarded as Gov. Mark Sanford's ideological protégé "
    Promises to be a fun time ahead for SC

    June 16, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Appalled

    I say today and watched Nikki Haley sustain vetoes for vital South Carolina resources like the State Museum, state libraries, the arts council, fuel cell technology research. Simply appalling.

    June 16, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Jeff in Virginia

    How cute. The un-elected wife of a sitting governor is making a political power grab while playing off of her husband's national fame for his adulturous ways.

    She must think very highly of herself.

    June 16, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Walter, Long Beach

    "Haley is regarded as Gov. Mark Sanford's ideological protégé in the governor's race".


    Maybe before the former Mrs. Sanford endorses Ms. Haley she should ask how much hiking she has done along the Appalachian Trail.

    June 16, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. she has nothing to offer

    and so why would anyone listen to her?

    June 16, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Alan D Salisbury

    Getting too close to Haley would be a BIG mistake.

    June 16, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. MsDp

    Does this mean that she will be the Lt. Gov.?

    June 16, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. josephine

    Wonder why Haley still hasn't taken any legal action against the two men that said they had illicit liasons with her. If someone has slandered you, wouldn't you try to clear your name through legal recourse? Ignoring it will make doubters think that there is truth to these allegations. If you want to hold office, you will have to clear yourself of these accusations.

    June 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Old Artillery Man

    Nikki Haley is a clone of Mark Sanford. George Bush hurt this nation bad and Sanford hurt this state just as bad. After 81 years, I still have not been able to understand why people of this state vote time and time again against their best interests.

    June 16, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Tina in Tempe

    What a fool. I supported Ms. Sanford, but it seems she is in complete denial. First her husband, now her choice for elected office. She must be attracted to "those types." Ms. Haley's indescretions will come to the light as everything does. Tina in Tempe.

    June 16, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    If being is conservative, living in a glowing red conservative state is such a good thing, then why are red states usually ranked at the bottom of the list when it comes to education, healtcare and a number of other issues important to more progressive people?

    June 16, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    I hate to say this because they are from SC after all, but I see why sanford might have gone "hiking" in the Appalachians to get away from this woman.
    I guess because it's a woman cheating it's okay?
    Then there's romney. What can you say about him? Nothing much!
    Loser comes to mind though.

    June 16, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Natural Born American

    Two ultra-conservative right-wing.....losers.

    June 16, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. DENNA

    Jenny, who don't you just go home and take care of your kids? You are nothing more than a spoiled rich girl who groomed some poor slump to be governor because you thought you were good enough to in the governor's mansion. Go, have a life, retire from politics. It hasn't been good to you.

    June 16, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. bennie new york

    If I were in Jenny Sanford's shoes, I wouldn't want anything to do with someone who has been accused of cheating, even if it hasn't been proven that Haley cheated on her husband.

    June 16, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. billybob 'n NC

    Jenny just can't keep her nose out of it!

    June 16, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |