Michael Biundo, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump’s campaign, and his firm’s partners, have joined Republican Katie Arrington’s congressional campaign. Michael Biundo and RightVoter partner Andrew Boucher of Charleston will serve as general consultants, adding significant experience across the country to a campaign that has already built strong momentum heading into the final stretch of the Republican primary.
Arrington, who recently earned the largest endorsement of the campaign so far – that of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, an early Trump supporter – stressed the significance of the Trump connection with the addition of RightVoter.
“The voters have a clear difference in this race – charting a new path with a conservative who will proudly support President Trump’s bold conservative agenda in me – or staying on the trail of obstructionism and constant bashing of the President by Mark Sanford. I am optimistic that South Carolina voters will move past the self-serving career politician incumbent and elect a new, strong conservative committed to public service. I am also confident that the addition of a Trump campaign senior advisor and the firm that led a significant aspect of direct voter contacts for the President’s campaign will ensure this happens.”
Biundo, who served as a senior advisor to President Trump’s campaign, previously served in senior leadership of the presidential campaign of Senator Rand Paul in 2016 and as the 2012 national campaign manager for former Senator Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, shared his excitement on joining the campaign:
“As a proven business leader, State Representative, and President Trump-supporting conservative, Katie has shown that she has the conservative conviction needed to shake up Washington.”
Boucher, who has run campaigns for every office and advises candidates on strategy and tactics, is based out of the firm’s Charleston office. He was the national political director for Senator Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign. Boucher added:
“Our firm is extremely excited at the opportunity to join Katie Arrington and her family as she fights to become the strong voice the Lowcountry needs in Congress. We are also excited at the opportunity to help elect the first female Republican to federal office in South Carolina.”
RightVoter will join national-award winning Republican political consulting firm UPT Strategies, who has worked with Arrington from the start of her campaign, as general consultants on the race.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced his endorsement of Katie Arrington in her run for South Carolina’s First Congressional District.
“We need Katie Arrington in Congress because she not only understands the American Dream but she has also lived it. Katie has gone from working the graveyard shift at Denny’s to being an extremely successful business owner. Katie understands the struggles our community faces firsthand and has offered real solutions to overcome them.
I proudly endorse Katie Arrington and encourage everyone in South Carolina’s First Congressional District to vote for her in the Republican Primary in June.”
In accepting the endorsement, Arrington praised Summey for his business leadership.
“I am extremely proud to have earned the support of Mayor Keith Summey, who has been a community leader for decades and who has transformed North Charleston into the economic powerhouse of the Lowcountry.
Our campaign continues to build momentum, as leaders like Mayor Summey continue to add their voices to our growing chorus of Lowcountry leaders ready for a new voice in Washington.”
Conservative Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington has announced her third major campaign pledge – she will decline congressional healthcare and retirement benefits, when elected to represent South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
“I will not accept Congressional healthcare or retirement,” Arrington announced on her Facebook page. “I will reject these perks for as long as you allow me to serve you in Congress.”
Arrington explained that her first three campaign pledges highlight a major difference between herself and her opponent, Mark Sanford.
“It’s time to replace self-serving, longtime politician Mark Sanford with a leader committed to public service,” said Arrington. “I am running for one reason: to truly serve the people of South Carolina. Look no further for proof of this fact than my first three campaign pledges: donating $125,000 annually of my congressional salary to Lowcountry charities, term-limiting myself to eight years in Congress, and declining congressional healthcare and retirement benefits. Clearly I am not running for Congress for the money, the benefits, or to become a career politician like Mark Sanford; I am running to serve our community.”
In her campaign launch, Arrington announced that she would only accept the average annual household income of the congressional district, $52,000, and donate the remainder of the salary annually to charities in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties.
“I believe that, in order to properly represent a district, one must truly feel and understand how the people of the district live and work,” Arrington said in her announcement speech.
At the end of November, Arrington announced on a Facebook live video that she would limit herself to serving four terms in Congress.
“I believe strongly that, if congressmen knew their time in Washington was limited, many would actually get things done,” Arrington said at the time.
Arrington summarized her pledges further, “We need a real change in leadership to solve the problems facing South Carolina residents. Mark Sanford has gone Washington and is a product of the broken system; I am an agent of change committed to public service. Self service or public service is the decision to be made in the Republican primary.”