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New S.C. campaign ad tells ex-Gov. Mark Sanford to take a hike

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A new campaign ad is reminding South Carolina voters of former Gov. Mark Sanford’s bizarre fall from grace in 2009.

The 30-second spot from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee features a hiker wandering in the woods, undoubtedly a jab at Mr. Sanford’s claim to staff four years ago that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he secretly flew to Buenos Aires to visit his Argentine mistress — a woman who now is his fiancee.

“Maybe Mark Sanford should just keep walking,” the ad concludes, after rattling off a series of sanctions and facts about Mr. Sanford’s embarrassing exit from office.

The former governor is trying to make a political comeback as the Republican contender in a May 7 special election to fill the House seat vacated by Tim Scott’s December appointment to the Senate.

On the Democratic side, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of TV political satirist Stephen Colbert, is making a strong push for the seat.

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Wednesday it is withdrawing support for Mr. Sanford amid reports that his ex-wife filed trespassing charges against him.

According to the National Journal, the DCCC “will launch the new television spot in the district Friday and is spending more than $188,000 to run the ad on broadcast television stations in the Charleston and Savannah, Ga., markets through April 28.”

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