SC Gov. Nikki Haley not surprised Mark Sanford is running

01/16/2013 11:39 AM

01/16/2013 11:51 AM

SC Gov. Nikki Haley said today she is not surprised her predecessor and onetime mentor, Mark Sanford, announced that he will run for the congressional seat along the Lowcountry coast.

“He is someone that is very involved in policy and has always loved policy," she told reporters while previewing her annual State of the State address. "This is going back home to him, which would be his old congressional seat.”

Haley, then a Lexington County state representative, received Sanford's support during her run to succeed him in 2010. The governor also named Sanford's ex-wife, Jenny, among the five finalists last month to be appointed for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's seat after he resigned to head the Heritage Foundation think tank.

Haley appointed U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, which opened the congressional seat Mark Sanford is seeking. Sanford served in Congress from 1995-2001 before becoming governor for eight years.

-- Andrew Shain

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