- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Dorchester County state Rep. Jenny Horne plans to run against U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in next year’s Republican primary.

Horne drew national attention when she gave an impassioned speech calling for the removal of the Confederate flag at the Statehouse after the slayings of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

A spokesman for Horne tells media outlets she will make a formal announcement next week.

Horne said shortly after her July speech that she was considering a run for higher office. Sanford represents the coastal 1st District in the Lowcountry while Horne has represented the Summerville area in the House since 2008.

Horne, who is white and has said she is a descendant Confederate President Jefferson Davis, scolded her party members for stalling on removing the flag during her speech.

“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds,” she shouted. “For the widow of Sen. Pinckney and his two young daughters, that would be adding insult to injury and I will not be a part of it!”

Pinckney, a state senator, was one of the nine victims in the Emanuel AME shootings.

Sanford is a former two-term South Carolina governor whose career seemed to implode when he acknowledged having an affair with an Argentine woman. But he made a political comeback in 2012, winning the congressional seat he once held in the 1990s by defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Bush.

He had no primary or general election opposition seeking re-election last year.

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