DeMint discusses endorsement of Kathy Landing

DeMint discusses endorsement of Kathy Landing
April 29 12:21 2020 Print This Article

Former U.S. Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint discussed his reasons for endorsing Kathy Landing for 1st Congressional District Tuesday in a conference call with about 1000 participants. DeMint cited the Mt. Pleasant Town Councilwoman’s willingness to join the conservative House Freedom Caucus, if elected. Landing will face State Representative Nancy Mace, Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox, and Bluffton community relations official Brad Mole in the scheduled June 9 Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Representative Joe Cunningham in November.

DeMint, who founded the Senate Conservatives Fund to support conservative candidates in Republican primaries, said he has seen a lot of candidates who ran on conservative platforms and got co-opted by the Republican establishment once they got to Congress. He said, “When you stand with the Freedom Caucus, it is a sign that you’ll stay grounded and stick to conservative principles.” South Carolina currently has two Freedom Caucus members, Jeff Duncan (R-Laurens) and Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill). They consistently have high scores in conservative legislative scorecards, such as Conservative Review and American Conservative Union.

Landing, who has 35 years of experience as a financial planner, views ending deficit spending and promoting job creation in the Lowcountry as her top priorities. She has reached out to former 1st Congressional District Representative Mark Sanford, a former Freedom Caucus member, for ideas on spending reduction. She said the first spending reduction target should be eliminating the redundancy in federal agencies. Landing touted her position as Chairwoman of the Mt. Pleasant Economic Development committee and promised to promote the 1st Congressional District as a destination for a corporate headquarters, due to its natural beauty and quality of life.

In 2018, Cunningham defeated Republican Katie Arrington, becoming the first Democrat to win the 1st Congressional District in 40 years. President Donald Trump won the district by 13 points in 2016. Landing cited that Cunningham votes along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi 87% of the time.