Politics

Scott, Other Republicans to Campaign for Injured Katie Arrington

House candidate who beat Sanford in GOP primary makes first public remarks since wreck

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott will campaign for GOP House candidate Katie Arrington as she recovers from injuries sustained in a car wreck. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Tim Scott and other members will campaign for South Carolina House candidate Katie Arrington as she recovers from injuries sustained in a car wreck 10 days ago.

The news comes as Arrington made her first public remarks since the June 22 wreck in which the state representative was seriously injured when the car in which she was riding was hit head-on by a woman driving in the wrong direction.

The other driver was killed and a friend who was driving Arrington to an event in Hilton Head was also seriously injured.

Arrington thanked the first responders who she said saved her life and that of Jacqueline Goff, her friend who was driving.

“Thank you to the incredible EMTs and paramedics, sheriff deputies, and Good Samaritans on the scene for saving Jackie’s and my life,” Arrington tweeted and wrote in a statement on her Facebook page.

Arrington had two intensive surgeries on June 24 to treat injuries to her spine and internal injuries.

“Katie sustained a fracture in her back and several broken ribs, as well as injuries that required Katie to undergo major surgery including the removal of a portion of her small intestine and a portion of her colon,” Michael Mulé, Arrington's campaign manager, said in a statement on June 23.

One of Arrington’s doctors said “The remarkable part of this case is that neither one of the women suffered a traumatic brain injury, that is a huge win.”

“The fact that they don't have a traumatic brain injury is amazing,” said Dr. Evert Eriksson of Medical University of South Carolina.

Arrington’s injuries came shortly after she beat incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary.

Mulé said in the meantime, Scott, will fill in for Arrington at multiple campaign stops. Scott said several other members had contacted him about filling in for Arrington in other appearances.

Scott previously served in the 1st District until he was appointed to the Senate by then-Gov. Nikki Haley after former Sen. Jim DeMint resigned in 2012. Sanford won the seat, which he previously held before becoming governor, in a special election in 2013.

Arrington’s Democratic opponent Joe Cunningham suspended his campaign after her wreck but campaign consultant Tyler Johnson said Cunningham would likely be back campaigning at full speed by Monday.

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