Sanford challenger references ex-governor's affair with 'hiking' ad

A Republican primary challenger to Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordOn The Money: Business world braces for blue sweep | Federal Reserve chief to outline plans for inflation, economy | Meadows 'not optimistic' about stalemate on coronavirus deal Trump critic Sanford forms anti-debt advocacy group Republicans officially renominate Trump for president MORE (R-S.C.) alluded to Sanford's high-profile affair in an ad released Monday, going on a "hike" in a reference to the famous excuse that Sanford was "hiking the Appalachian trail." 

“Bless his heart, but it is time for Mark Sanford to take a hike — for real this time,” Sanford challenger Katie Arrington, a one-term state lawmaker, says in the “Take a Hike" ad.

As governor of South Carolina, Sanford disappeared for days in 2009 to visit his mistress in Argentina. When asked to explain Sanford's absence, a Sanford staffer claimed, incorrectly, that the governor was hiking the Appalachian trail.

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"Mark Sanford and the career politicians cheated on us,” Arrington said in the ad. “We sent him to do a job, but he left his post and set off down a long trail towards obstructionism.”

Arrington also touted her support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE in the ad, while also highlighting Sanford’s criticism of the president.

“I am a conservative businesswoman, and I am running for Congress to get things done — not to go on CNN to bash President Trump,” Arrington said. “I'll cut spending, strengthen our military, and get rid of the career politicians.”

The South Carolina primary takes place on June 12.