Mark Sanford, the three-term congressman and two-term South Carolina governor, is preparing his political comeback, running for the House in the district recently represented by Tim Scott. Sanford garnered national headlines in 2009 as the first governor to turn down President Obama’s stimulus funds — and then made even bigger headlines later in the year when it was revealed that he had departed the state to fly to Argentina to meet with his mistress. A messy divorce followed; a state legislative ad hoc committee voted to censure but not impeach him. He served out the remainder of his term,
Comments: This is an interview, giving Sanford the room to justify his running and answer charges against him.
Mark Sanford made a mistake. And, instead of dodging the issue, he admitted his mistake live on TV. This alone makes him qualified for a 2nd look, because no politician has ever, EVER confessed to a error in judgment like he did and stood up to the consequences.
#11, slight correction--Sanford and the lady are engaged, not yet married. I agree with #11 and #52.
Any parent who would shower all forms of media, including talk shows, with intimate details of her "victimization", when the possibility of the couple´s four sons watching, reading or hearing is close to 100%, is not what I would call a good mother or a rational person.
I believe it´s highly possible that Mrs. Sanford wanted to be First Lady and was furious when Sanford told her he did not want to run for president. If that is close to the truth, then one should not be surprised that Sanford sought comfort elsewhere.
He slashed our county real estate taxes and I like him very much if only for that reason.
Not only did this piece of garbage abandon his wife and four boys,lie and make excuses about his actions for weeks, he abrogated every public responsibility to his state and constituents. I question the personal morals of anyone who would vote for this person to represent them in or out of Congress.
Forget about the infidelity or relations with his wife - this guy lied about where he was and what he was doing WHILE he was Governor. This was not just a "mistake", this is a fundamental disqualifier for him to EVER hold office again.
He has proved that whenever he faces a conflict between his personal wants and his public duty, his personal wants will win. And that he has NO PROBLEM repeatedly lying to the public about what he´s up to.
And THIS is a guy you think should be qualified for office? Let me guess, because you "believe" him when he claims he stands for "conservative values"???
Of course he only lies to the other women, never to you!!!
Mistake? That´s B.S. Locking your keys in the car is a mistake. This guy is a cheating liar who ruined his marriage, his career, and his children´s lives. Oh he´s running as a Democrat? Yes, he made a mistake and it´s only about sex and therefore nobody´s business.
Whether or not I can forgive Sanford personally has nothing to do with whether he should run on the Republican ticket. The party purports to stand for better moral values than the Democrats. It is bad enough when someone in already in office screws up. Why elect someone who lied to and cheated on his wife and who neglected his duties as governor (remember the "Appalachian trail" disappearance?) to pursue his love affair. No thanks.
Forgive him and tell him to go get a real job, or run as a Democrat, because they have no morals and love to let their pervs stay in office a la Billy joe bob Clinton , Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd and Bonnie Fwank.
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