PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A former ambassador to Denmark is one of two Republican women seeking the U.S. Senate nomination from Pennsylvania.
Carla Sands joins a crowded group to succeed retired US Senator Pat Toomey.
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At last count, there are 13 Republican Senate candidates in that state, including two women, both of whom are on the experts’ list of the top five candidates because of their wealth or name prominence. Sand is one of them.
“I am a pro-life, pro-First and Second Amendment constitutional conservative woman, and I grew up in Cumberland County in the middle of our great Commonwealth,” Sands told KDKA political editor Jon Delano. “I attended Indiana University in Pennsylvania, Elizabethtown College. I became the third in my family, the third generation of chiropractors and practiced alongside my father in our hometown clinic in Camp Hill.
In addition to being a chiropractor, Sands had a brief acting career in the 1980s, appearing in films and “The Bold and the Beautiful” before marrying Fred Sands, a highly successful real estate investor in California.
When she died in 2015, she became CEO of Vintage Capital Group, donating money to the Trump campaign and the Republican Party.
“There’s no one else in this race that I’ve seen year after year, decade after decade contribute five and six figures to the RNC, the Republican National Committee,” Sands says.
Having lived in California at least half her life, her opponents bring the same accusation against her as against Dave McCormick, who returned here from Connecticut, and Mehmet Oz, who moved to the state from New Jersey.
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Delan: Did you return to Pennsylvania just to run for the US Senate?
Sands: That’s a good question, Jon. My Pennsylvania ancestors fought in the American Revolution. They fought in the Civil War. I have deep roots in Pennsylvania. It’s time to fight to save our country.
Looking a lot like the president she worked for, Sands says it’s a battle to stop what she calls the radical left-wing Democrats who have taken over the country.
“We are going to take back our country, restore the rule of law, secure our border, develop our energy, protect our farmers, make sure our children are educated not indoctrinated and kill this Biden inflation. That’s my goal,” Sands said.
Sands has fierce competition among fellow Republicans Kathy Barnette, Jeff Bartos, McCormick and Oz, so finding a way to stand out among the crowd is key. Most candidates like Sands are hoping for Donald Trump’s endorsement.
“People who love and support President Trump know that I have supported the policy of America First for the past four plus years. They know they can trust me,” Sands said.
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Sands says she was an early supporter of Trump.
“I worked hard to help him get elected, I personally contributed, I raised a lot of money for him, and he appointed me to his economic advisory board and then as an ambassador to Denmark” , she said. “I’m the only candidate in this race to have worked on America First for the duration of the Trump administration.”
While the other GOP candidates talk about a good supporting game, Sands says she was actually in the trenches for Trump.
“I’m the only candidate in this race who has actually worked for President Trump, pushing America-first policies,” Sands said.
Sands doesn’t mince words about Pennsylvania in 2020, a state she says was legally stolen from Trump.
Delan: Do you think President Trump won Pennsylvania in 2020?
Sands: Pennsylvania is definitely a Trump state. We mainly belong to the working class, to the energy state, to agriculture. This is Trump territory.
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Sands cites US Senator Rand Paul, who claimed that Mark Zuckerberg and others funded efforts to, in their own words, “infiltrate election offices.”
“They’ve invested a lot of money in Pennsylvania to get this done in key counties,” she said. “So they were very selective. They were very smart in how they deployed their capital, and they actually affected the outcome of the 2020 election.”
Zuckerberg has donated more than $400 million to two nonpartisan groups that have helped county election offices across the country with pandemic-related voter education and safety measures.
“Without this private money – it’s the American oligarch’s money – controlling how this election went,” Sands insists, “Donald Trump would be president today.”
A spokesperson for Zuckerberg said a majority of the 2,500 jurisdictions that applied for and received election assistance funds were Republican, not Democratic. And there’s no claim that Zuckerberg or the nonprofits did anything illegal.
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Sands, like other GOP candidates, relies on the fact that many Republicans still believe Trump, who lost the state by more than 80,000 votes, actually won Pennsylvania.