Jenny for Congress? Conservative women's group floats write-in bid

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As voters in the First Congressional District absorb the latest turn in the ongoing saga of former Gov. Mark Sanford and the news that he may have trespassed on his ex-wife's property, a conservative women's group is floating the idea of supporting a write-in candidate.

And the candidate of their dreams? Jenny Sanford.

The group Concerned Women for America confirmed they are considering starting up a write-in campaign for a new candidate if there is enough local support.

"[Elizabeth] Colbert Busch's view on same sex marriage and abortion are out of sync with South Carolina's more conservative voters and Sanford's candidacy is flawed, obviously," said Alison Howard, spokesperson for the group. "Character counts. And the people of South Carolina have no good options right now."

Howard stopped short of mentioning Jenny by name, but Penny Nance, the group's CEO and president, said otherwise in a statement to The Washington Post.

"It seems to me that the only other course of action is to write in another name on election day if indeed South Carolina law allows. CWA's staff is still checking the legalities but I gotta say, Congresswoman Jenny Sanford has a nice ring to it. I know I wouldn't be able to vote for Mark."

This wouldn't be the first time Jenny's name was mentioned in connection with a campaign in the First Congressional District. The possibility of a Jenny campaign was floated long before the former governor decided to seek the empty seat. Ultimately, Jenny never opted to run.

First District voters head to the polls on May 7.

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