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

A Republican primary challenger to Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordBritain checking gun license applicants' social media, medical records Mark Sanford calls Graham 'a canary in the coalmine' on GOP's relationship with Trump Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave 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 TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table 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.