On April 17, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that it will no longer provide funding to Sanford’s campaign, Politico first reported.
Calling it “a potentially fatal blow,” Politico quotes spokeswoman Andrea Bozek, who said “At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election.”
Yesterday, media reported that his ex-wife filed complaint against Sanford for trespassing inside her home two months earlier. It was not the first incident, Jenny Sanford states.
The news brought Sanford’s much-publicized 2009 extramarital affair back to the public eye, as did his public appearance with his mistress on the night of the runoff election.
While Sanford’s losing NRCC funding of advertisements, the campaign of Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is picking up much ad support.
House Majority PAC, a national committee that aids progressive campaigns and projects, today released a 30-second advertisement that criticizes Sanford’s use of state funds to pay for personal travel, including his infamous trips to Argentina.
"He charged us $400,000 to travel around the world,” a narrator states in the sarcastic ad.
The advertisement will run on local television stations for three weeks beginning April 18, the group says.
A second video by a state progressive group began distribution today, too. Titled “Remember,” the ad by South Forward includes statements made by both Republicans and Democrats from the state legislature who voted to censure Sanford in 2009.
While he was already trailing Colbert-Busch by a slight margin in recent polls, this rising tide of negative news, loss of campaign funding, and increase in support and ads for his opponent should knock Sanford’s comeback campaign even further.
The special election for the 1st Congressional District is May 7.