Gov. Nikki Haley will be a special guest at a Wednesday fundraiser for 1st Congressional District candidate and former governor Mark Sanford Wednesday in Charleston, confirmed Tim Pearson, senior adviser to Haley.
"Nikki believes it is critical that South Carolina speak with as much unity as possible on key federal issues facing our state, such as labor union powers, Obamacare, and deficit spending, and Mark Sanford is clearly the candidate who will stand with our Congressional delegation in fighting Washington's overreach," Pearson said.
Haley has said Sanford was the first person to encourage her to run for governor in 2010. He tapped his deep pocket of donors to help fund her campaign, leading many to believe she would be the heir apparent to the government restructuring efforts Sanford had started.
But in recent years, the two appear to have distanced themselves from one another. Behind the scenes, those close to Sanford have said the former governor was disappointed in Haley's tenure. Haley also distanced herself from Sanford following the revelation of his 2009 extramarital affair.