Arrington receives award from medical group

Arrington receives award from medical group
August 16 08:28 2018 Print This Article

First Congressional District candidate Katie Arrington received a belated award from the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association Wednesday at Harrell Square in West Ashley. The award was for her leadership in passing legislation which ended the long-standing law that prohibited podiatrists from performing ankle surgery. Steve Lanford, who represents the association, said the bill had languished in the General Assembly for decades before Arrington took the initiative and carried the bill to her colleagues to gain their support, a rare accomplishment for a first-term legislator. Arrington was supposed to receive the award in June before a head-on collision on Highway 17 prevented her from receiving the award in Hilton Head and resulted in a lengthy hospitalization and several surgeries. Her friend Jackie Goff, who was driving at the time of the collision is still in the hospital. The other driver died in the collision.

The presentation was in front of an over-flow crowd of more than 100 who were on-hand for the launch of Arrington’s general election campaign against Democrat Joe Cunningham. The campaign office is in suite 2015, on the second floor of Harrell Square shopping center at 2000 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. Arrington defeated long-time Congressman Mark Sanford in the June primary.

Arrington’s top two priorities for the office are making the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent and funding the border wall between the United States and Mexico. She suggests using a border crossing fee to pay for the wall. Arrington was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump’s policies throughout the primary campaign, while Sanford was a frequent critic of the President. She told her supporters, who came from Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, “President Trump gave us our voice back, and we need to hold onto it.” She has pledged to give two-thirds of her salary to charity and to decline any Congressional benefits.

Campaign manager Michael Mule encouraged supporters to visit the campaign office anytime. He said, “We’re here, and we’re not going anywhere until November 6, and then it is on to Washington, DC.” Republicans have controlled the 1st Congressional District since Tommy Hartnett took office in 1981.