Politics & Government

Tim Scott will stand in for injured SC candidate Arrington after car wreck

Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC
Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC AP

S.C. congressional candidate Katie Arrington will get some help on the campaign trail after sustaining serious injuries in a car wreck last month.

South Carolina's junior Sen. Tim Scott, who previously held the coastal 1st District seat that Arrington now seeks, will be standing in for Arrington at upcoming campaign events.

Arrington campaign manager Michael Mulé said last week Scott reached out to Arrington's campaign to act as her surrogate. Other members of Congress may do the same, according to Charleston's WCSC TV.

Arrington was severely injured in a head-on collision on a Charleston County highway on June 22, little more than a week after she defeated incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in a GOP primary.

Scott's spokesman Sean Smith didn't mention specific dates the senator would be on the campaign trail, but said Scott visited with Arrington on Thursday morning, and "looks forward to helping out any way he can."

"He’ll continue to work with their team and other folks who have reached out to ensure that, as Katie rebuilds her strength, the people of the 1st District know that she will be a great representative for them in the U.S. House,” Smith said.

Arrington, a first-term member of the S.C. House of Representatives, will face Democrat and Charleston attorney Joe Cunningham in November. Cunningham briefly suspended campaigning after Arrington's accident, but has resumed running in the district as national Democrats eye the 1st District as a potential pickup opportunity.

Scott represented the 1st District in Congress from 2011 until 2013, when then-Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to fill out former Sen. Jim DeMint's term in the U.S. Senate. Sanford then won a special election to replace Scott.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is preparing to make crucial investments in the district, according to a spokesperson for the party’s official fundraising arm for House candidates. Two coastal GOP mayors, Jimmy Carroll of Isle of Palms and Tim Goodwin of Folly Beach, have endorsed Cunningham because he opposes drilling off the S.C. coast.

Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy speak at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC, April 6, 2018