The Daily Journal: Barrett comes out for Sandifer

SENECA — Rep. Bill Sandifer has been endorsed in his bid for re-election by U.S. Congressman Gresham Barrett.

The endorsement came one day after Sandifer announced his endorsement by the National Rifle Association and 10 days after his opponent got the backing of Gov. Mark Sanford.

Barrett, who serves South Carolina’s Third District, worked alongside Sandifer in the state assembly from 1997 until 2003, prior to seeking federal office. Like Sandifer, Barrett is also a resident of Oconee County. The two have been good friends, according to Sandifer, and were desk mates for many years.

“I have a tremendous amount of faith in Bill Sandifer’s ability to protect our interests in Columbia,” Barrett said in his endorsement statement. “He will fight for less tax burdens, strong families and individual freedoms while he fights against wasteful government spending.”

“During our time together in the S.C. Statehouse, I could always count on his support and advice to keep improving our districts in Oconee County and moving our state forward,” Barrett said. “Even now, I depend on Bill’s feedback to ensure our federal legislation best serves our friends and neighbors in the Third District.”

Sandifer said he is thrilled and humbled to receive the endorsement from his long-time friend and colleague.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Congressman Barrett. He and I share many similarities; we are both fiscal conservatives who care deeply about family values. He has watched me closely, knows my voting record and knows what I can get done. It’s great to have this vote of confidence from someone I deeply admire,” the Seneca-based Republican said.

“I know that Bill will continue to improve Oconee County when he’s re-elected to the Statehouse,” Barrett said. “I also know that Bill’s No. 1 priority is to serve those he represents. When someone calls me needing assistance from a state agency, I know I can always depend on Bill to follow through.”

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund announced its support for Sandifer on Wednesday, citing his support for individual liberties and the Second Amendment.

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