Sanford to Receive Taxpayer Watchdog Endorsement
Incumbent Republican Governor Mark Sanford is set to receive another big endorsement this week, this time from National Taxpayer Watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste.
Sanford, who was endorsed earlier this month by the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, will receive the CAGW endorsement this Wednesday, according to a source helping organize the announcement who spoke with FITS last week on condition of anonymity.
CAGW is one of the nation's top fiscal conservative advocacy groups, and three times rated Sanford #1 in the entire U.S. Congress for his votes to lower taxes and reduce government spending ('95, '97 and '99).
CAGW has frequently praised Sanford since his election as governor in 2002, and has even gone so far as to criticize big spenders in the S.C. Republican ranks who oppose his brand of fiscal conservatism.
In June 2004, CAGW named the entire South Carolina General Assembly as its "Porker of the Month" following its override of nearly all of the governor's budget vetoes.
That was the same year Sanford infuriated legislators (but endeared himself to the public) by carrying two live piglets into the State House to protest the General Assembly's wasteful pork barrel spending.
It's a big week for Sanford. In addition to the CAGW endorsement, he'll be hosting the nation's governors this weekend in Charleston at the annual meeting of the National Governor's Association.
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