COLUMBIA, SC — Former S.C. GOP party chairman Katon Dawson questions whether Chris Christie's bridge-gate problems might hurt other gubernatorial races since the New Jersey governor chairs the Republican Governors Association.
He hinted to Slate that a few more hits might mean Christie need to step down from the RGA chairman's seat like S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford did after his affair became public in 2009:
"To most folks in my profession, its governorships we pay attention to," said Dawson. "This all has the potential to affect the RGA and governor's races if it grows any more legs, like it has with the Hoboken mayor. Mark Sanford is a guy who resigned and didnt want any of his scandal embroiled around the RGA. Now, nobodys called for that from Christie. But if weve got two, three more scandals, thats the concern Ive got."
One of those potentially in the crossfire is S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
She is seeking re-election against Democrat Sen. Vincent Sheheen this year and sits on the RGA's executive committee with Christie.
One note about Dawson: He supports Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's potential 2016 White House bid. Christie has been the GOP leader in some early presidential polls.