Former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford announced he’d challenge President Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination for President on Sunday.
The libertarian ideologue will run a campaign on the issue of the United States’ existing national debt. He claims President Trump is insufficiently willing to cut spending levels in order to combat the debt, but seems hesitant to consider taxing the wealthiest members of American society in order to lower or reverse annual deficits.
Sanford, to his credit, is somewhat more willing to run a primary campaign on the basis of actual policy issues than personal grievances. Other long-shot “Republican” primary challengers to Trump, such as Joe Walsh and Bill Weld are mostly fixated on questioning the President’s “integrity” and personal characteristics, adopting a moralistic and scolding tone that mostly ignores the political concerns of everyday Americans.
Sanford himself lost his seat in Congress in 2017 to a pro-Trump primary challenger.
The former South Carolina Governor is mostly known for a 2009 extramarital affair he conducted while in office. He claimed to be “hiking the Appalachian trail” when he was actually in Argentina visiting his lover, Maria Belen Chapur. Sanford apologized for deceiving the public and essentially going missing as a sitting governor when he was caught red-handed.
Sanford’s primary challenge appears equally quixotic as Joe Walsh and Bill Weld’s efforts. There’s a case to be made that it would actually help the President retouch his populist-nationalist roots through a heated primary challenge against conventional libertarians and establishment conservatives, but the existing cast of primary challengers don’t appear set to deliver any semblance of a competitive battle.
Georgia Congressional Candidate Marjorie Greene Threatens Primary Opponent with Lawsuit for ‘Defamatory’ E-Verify Claims
Greene is fighting back against dirty politics.
Georgia Congressional candidate Marjorie Greene has sent a cease-and-desist letter to her Republican primary opponent John Cowan for misrepresenting her record on immigration in a campaign ad.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2020
GREENE DEMANDS COWAN RETRACT DEFAMATORY AD
My attorney, @LLinWood, sent the following letter today to my opponent, John Cowan, in response to his defamatory television commercial that started airing today.#gapol #ga14 #sass pic.twitter.com/PhMaFW8xzR
— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 8, 2020
“The actionable statements were published by you and your political corporation,” Greene’s attorney L. Lin Wood wrote in a letter to Cowan and his Congressional campaign. “The actionable statements were negligently published and were published with actual malice, that is, with actual knowledge of falsity or with a reckless disregard for truth or falsity.”
Wood is referencing Cowan’s campaign ad alleging that her company did not use E-Verify, a federal program designed to keep illegal immigrants from obtaining employment.
However, Wood provided documented proof that her company did in fact use E-Verify to make sure illegals were not given jobs over American workers.
As you can see from the screenshot below, Taylor Construction clearly uses E-Verify
“Rather than confine yourself to a robust debate on issues for the benefit of the voters, you crossed the legal line and wrongfully published false accusations against Ms. Greene and Taylor Commercial, Inc. The false accusations made by you on behalf of your campaign to discredit your political opponent unlawfully exceed the permissible parameters of political speech and makes you, and your campaign, liable for damages for defamation,” Wood asserted in the letter.
Wood is demanding that Cowan retract the ad and issue a public statement apologizing to Greene for making false accusations, or he will likely file a defamation lawsuit against Cowan and his campaign.
The allegedly defamatory campaign ad released by Cowan can be found here (at least, for now):
Marjorie Greene has a history of being soft on illegal immigration. Records show she refused to use E-Verify at her family business. If we can’t trust Marjorie to hire Americans instead of illegal immigrants, we can’t trust her to stop illegal immigration in Congress! pic.twitter.com/okcOPVjSYg
— John Cowan (@JohnCowanGA) July 8, 2020
Big League Politics has reported on Greene for her constitutional campaign ads putting ANTIFA thugs on notice, which have been censored by Facebook.
“I have a message for ANTIFA terrorists,” she said as she locked and loaded her rifle in the controversial campaign ad. “Stay out of Northwest Georgia. You won’t burn our churches, loot our businesses or destroy our homes. It’s time to take our country back, save America, stop socialism!”
The GOP establishment has already set their sights on Greene, as she they know she will be a lawmaker who they will not be able to control. She refuses to apologize or back down as they levy their attacks.
“I will not let them whip me into submission. And the voters of Northwest Georgia will not let the DC Swamp and the Fake News Media tell them who to vote for,” Greene said in a Facebook post.
Greene is considered the front-runner to beat Cowan during the GOP runoff primary election for Georgia’s 14th Congressional seat. The election is scheduled to take place on Aug. 11.
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