Cunningham Temorarily Halts Campaign Following Arrington Crash
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — In a show of good faith, Democratic Congressional candidate Joe Cunningham announced earlier this week plans to temporarily suspend his campaign following a tragic accident involving opponent Katie Arrington.
Arrington and a friend, Jacqueline Goff, were traveling on U.S. Highway 17 near Adams Run on June 22nd when they were involved in a head-on collision. The crash seriously injured Arrington and Goff while claiming the life of 69-year-old Helen White.
It was later reported White was believed to have been fleeing a previous hit-and-run collision moments before.
The Republican candidate was en route to Hilton Head Island at the time of the crash. Goff was driving and suffered critical injuries.
Arrington has since undergone several surgeries but is expected to make a full recovery. Her campaign manager, Michael Mule, said in a press release the surgeries had gone extremely well.
“With the second surgery, the fracture, the spinal cord impingement and the instability were all addressed, went very well, and with no complications,” said Mule.
In wake of the accident, Cunningham and his campaign decided to temporarily pull all paid advertising. They also canceled upcoming speaking engagements and fundraisers for the next week.
“I’d encourage everyone to keep Katie, Jacqueline, their families and the family of Helen White in your thoughts and prayers,” said Cunningham in an email Monday. “We recognize that some things go beyond politics; before any partisan labels are attached to us, we are all human.”
Just hearing about the terrible accident that occurred overnight involving Katie Arrington. Amanda and I are lifting her and her family up in prayer right now. Please join us.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) June 23, 2018
Cunningham is expected to resume his campaign in the coming weeks.
He will face Arrington in the November General election in the race for South Carolina’s first congressional district.
In the June primary, Arrington defeated incumbent Mark Sanford dealing the first loss of his political career.
While Arrington is expected to make a full recovery, details on Goff’s condition remains unclear.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday for Helen White.