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Gov. Sanford: INTERESTING kickoff weekend
Benj Buck
March 24, 2006

Sanford officially throws his hat in the ring for reelection.  On Friday afternoon, March 24, Governor Mark Sanford, his wife, and four sons will make their way to the Republican headquarters in Lexington to file his paperwork.

Also this weekend, the Sanford family will be able to celebrate the kickoff of their reelection campaign with an interesting dinner.  In an effort to raise money for the school where Sanford's boys attend, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, the Governor auctioned off a meal.

Interestingly, Senator Brad Hutto and lobbyist Dwight Drake send their children to the same Episcopal school.  They too are interested enough about raising money for the school--interested enough, that is, to give $6,600 for the fundraising auction.

Hutto and Drake invited some others to join them at the meal.  “It wasn’t going to be interesting unless we invited people that were going to provide interesting conversation,” Hutto said.  So, in a spirit of interesting coversation, Hutto and Drake invited Sanford's Republican opponent Oscar Lovelace as well as Sanford's Democrat foes Tommy Moore and Frank Willis.

SanfordSanford too sees the meal as an interesting opportunity.  "It's an interesting guest list. I think it will make for some fascinating conversations," Sanford says.

Not many politicians bravely welcome their opponents to dinner the same weekend they file for the race.

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