Sarah sandersA former spokesperson for Donald Trump, who was one of his closest associates, is running for the post of governor of Arkansas, a senior campaign official told The Associated Press.
Sanders, who left the White House in 2019 to return to his home state, was scheduled to announce his candidacy on Monday, according to the campaign member, who spoke Sunday night on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on it. public before the official announcement.
The former White House press secretary launched her campaign less than a week after Trump’s term ended, and while the former president awaits impeachment. But Sanders presents himself in a state of strong conservative tradition, where Republicans tend to look favorably on the former president.RELATED
Sanders, daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, was expected to run for public office after leaving the White House, and Trump publicly encouraged her to do so. He has prepared the bases of his candidacy speaking before Republican groups in the state.
Sanders joins a costly Republican primary in which two people in state elected office are already competing, Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. All three are running to succeed the current governor, Asa Hutchinson, a Republican who cannot run next year due to term limits. No Democrat has announced his candidacy for the post.
Sanders launched his campaign weeks after an assault by Trump supporters on the federal Capitol that left five dead. More than 130 people have been indicted for the insurrection, which was intended to stop the certification of the electoral victory of the president, Joe Biden, over Trump.
Sanders was the first working mother and only the third woman to serve as a White House press secretary. But she also faced doubts about her credibility in her tenure as Trump’s top spokesperson.
During his nearly two years as the president’s chief spokesman, the daily televised press conferences led by the press secretary came to an end after Sanders clashed several times with journalists who aggressively asked him about government policies and the investigation. on possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, Sanders earned the trust of reporters by working behind the scenes to establish a relationship with the media.
Trump’s rocky exit from the presidency is unlikely to affect Sanders much in Arkansas. Republicans won the entire state and have all of their federal seats, as well as a vast majority in the state legislature.
Between the two, Griffin and Rutledge have raised more than $ 2.8 million in the race, and the primaries could have even more competitors. State Senator Jim Hendren, who is also Hutchinson’s nephew, is considering running.
Sanders, who published a book last year and joined Fox News as a contributor after leaving the White House, enters the race with a much better-known name than the other candidates. But he remains a mystery on many of the state’s issues, and he has said he does not want to create distractions from Hutchinson’s plans.