Former South Carolina Gov. and Rep. Mark Sanford continued his comeback from the Appalachian Trail on Tuesday with his onetime mistress, now fiancée, at his side. On Tuesday night, as Sanford was celebrating his victory in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district runoff election for the Republican nomination, María Belén Chapur congratulated him at the watch party, and took her place to his right when he spoke to the crowd. In 2009, Sanford made headlines, and put the final nail in his marriage’s coffin, when he went missing for several days. Aides were stuck telling the press that the then-governor
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She is his fiancée. He and his wife are divorced. He handled the end of his first marriage badly but so do many people. Can´t the Republican Party allow for mistakes -and forgiveness? They are getting married-that should be the end of it. Clinton assaults and rapes women under his control as Governor and is given a prime speaking spot at the DNC convention on the Republican War on Women. Enough!
while I deplore his ridiculous behavior vis a vis this woman and his marriage vows, my biggest problem with him is that he deserted his office as the chief executive of the state and no one knew where he was nor how to get in touch with him. Not cool. Not cool at all. I don´t trust him because he has proven himself to be untrustworthy.
Not in that District, however, we had decided to "root" for the other guy. Yet, this morning, sorta glad that Sanford won. He is basically a good conservative Republican who did a bad thing and is being redeemed after much apology and wearing of sackcloth. My poster friend, how is this unlike Bill Clinton, only Bill´s "sins" were much worst?
Correct, #5. Too many people do not realize what Sanford did to SC by abandoning his office and this state, they try to attribute it to whiny Republicans. It is a shame the 1st congressional district picked Sanford as the best they had to offer.
In all of SC there is not one Pubbie who has the virtue and values we admire to take on the Dim?
Retread GOP candidates like Sanford are one of the reasons the GOP has lost stature and elections in this country.
Evidently, we no longer care about doing what is right. All we care about is allowing men like Sanford diss their office and family - and then restore them. Forgiveness does not mean there are no consequences.
What is the consequence for disloyalty, adultery and abandoning your post. In days past, he would have been shot or at least imprisoned. But in SC, he is elected to office.
Mark Sanford has no honor. He has no shame. He didn´t just have an affair. He used taxpayer dollars to fund his travel and liaisons. Now he will possibly be back in DC with all the other liars and dishonorable elected officials. Destroying America. They have no honor. And probably will join the chorus in destroying the real meaning of marriage. He has no respect for the taxpayers in his state, so don´t expect too much. As for his marriage, it is none of my business. But his violation of the public trust is.
1st Congressional District, South Carolina, how could you?
Remember Sanford´s serial press conferences during which he couldn´t stop crying and confessing his love for his "soulmate in South America?" If your answer is no, get ready because Colbert will be using them ad nauseum. We will all get to hear and see them over and over and over.
Guys and Gals, This is the real world. The man did wrong, is repentant, and is now the best choice. If you are going to stay home or vote for the other candidate, you are handing Nancy Pelosi another weapon to use against your family. I do not care what you think of Mark, but if you want Obama to have the Senate and the House, you should just keep going negative on Mark´s mistakes. Who among you will (and has lived a life so pure) as to throw the first stone?
Jesus´s disciples were recruited from a coterie of sinners. He said those among you who is without sin cast the first stone. Forgiveness and reconciliation is the essence of human relationships throughout history. He is better than any democrat could hope to be during this period in our history.
Republicans have a knack for eating their own. The guy was just tired of living with his spouse. About half of the married men and women in the country do that. At least he divorced his wife and apparently has maintained a relationship with his children. Compare that with the father of the year, Bill Clinton, who assaulted every woman over whom he had control and even raped at least one. Of course he was a slouch when measured against Teddy Kennedy who left one of his women to try clawing her way out of a car submerged in the Chappaquiddick. Kennedy and Clinton then became icons in the Democrat party. Hard to believe...not in this day of moral equivalence.
Sorry, but I wouldn´t vote for him if I lived in his district. Congressional elections are every two years. Here in Illinois, Chicago voters ousted Dan Rostenkowski because of the criminal probe against him. The Republican was in for two years before he was ousted by---Rod Blagojevich!
It´s a national office so I do have an opinion. One, character does matter as we have seen time and time again, although it seems to be convenient to overlook, it usually comes around to kirk us in the end (pun intended). Second, forgiveness never excuses consequences, even when everyone wants it to be so. They just flow out of actions. I agree divorce happens and it usually, if truth be known, is ugly and touches on many lives, so his is no different. I can accept that to many it is beside the point. I won´t judge him on his love life; that he put it above his office is another matter. How can you trust what he is going to do in a new public office when his action were so untrustworthy in the last high office? Because he said he would do better? Is the bench on the Republican side so lacking that we have to play the Dennis Rodman of politics because we have no one better? That seems to be the conclusion. It makes me feel a little dirty to be called a Repub. regardless how the dems feel about it.
I would love to know the twisted logic the social conservatives used as they voted for him. What bothers me more than what Sanford did is the erasure of shame from our society. By that I don´t mean we sit in self-righteous judgement, but we should have standards for behavior. I don´t hate the guy because he had an affair many men do that, as other posters have pointed out. The problem is he broke the faith with his constituents, and his actions show a lack of emotional stability. Thanks SC for giving us another clown.
Sorry for the third post, but the sanctimony is killing me. I repeat, while his behavior regarding his marriage vows disgusts me, I don´t give a flying flip if he left his wife for another woman with regard to government. Just like I didn´t care that Bill Clinton diddled with an intern. DUH that people can be forgiven and start over.
My quibble with Clinton was that a) some of it was in the Oval Office or its environs while he was conducting other business by phone, and 2) he lied under oath. Likewise, my quibble with Sanford is that he left the state for days with no one knowing where he was nor how to get in touch with him. I just have a real problem with that mindset representing me in government.
"He handled the end of his first marriage badly but so do many people."
#3, this statement is a sad one, on more than one level, particularly coming as it does from a presumed conservative.
#5 is right - Sanford has proved himself untrustworthy, not only to his "first" wife and children, but to the State of South Carolina. His 2009 news conference, where he gushingly announced that he was breaking his vows because he had found a new "love of my life," was a embarrassment.
If Sanford had a sense of honor (or is that an outmoded value now too?), he would settle down quietly and try to make sure his sons grow up without further damage.
We´ll see how long the "love" of his Argentine "fiancee" lasts. If he wins in November, I´ll give it another, oh, couple of years. If he loses, it´s over.
FTA: "In 2009.......put the final nail in his marriage’s coffin, when he went missing for several days. Aides were stuck telling the press that the then-governor was hiking the Appalachian Trail."
Sanford not only betrayed the trust of his wife, he drew others into his deceit as well. And the problem is that the Democrats, who are continually accusing Republicans of hypocrisy, will use this against him.
I wouldn´t want someone representing me who could upend his entire life because he "fell in love." And lest anyone forget, we have Barack Obama as President because his original opponent in the Illinois Senate race (who was a very strong candidate) had been involved in a messy divorce.
"How can we trust him in office," "I wouldn´t want him representing me.."
A little reality check here: you aren´t voting for some guy to "represent" you; you´re voting to decide whether you want Boehner as Speaker, Paul Ryan as the House budget guy, all those committee chairs, having at least a semblance of a check on lefty extremists, weak as that check seems at times...or Nancy Pelosi and an Obama blank check.
Like it or not, that´s our system, so hold your nose, vote for Sanford and then go home and take a shower to get rid of the stench. Don´t be like those that allowed Obama another term because "mittens" wasn´t their ideal.
# 17 is on point. Setting aside Sanford´s personal failings that he happily aired in public. Sanford acted like a nut. He vanished , disappeared, took a powder , vamoosed. He abandoned the state ( and his family ) , lied about his whereabouts and surfaced on another continent. His blubbering press conference will be replayed over and over and over. Kiss this seat , Adios. One seat down, 16 to go until Pelosi regains the Speakership and Obama controls not just the Senate, but, the House for 2 years. What a horrific thought.
#41 is right. A refusal to vote for Sanford is a vote to make Pelosi Speaker. It is also a vote to make Nita Lowrey chairwoman of Appropriations, and Chris Van Hollen chairman of Budget. Try to read this entire list without becoming ill. George Miller Chairman -- Education and Workforce Henry Waxman – Energy and Commerce Maxine Waters – Financial Services John Conyers – Judiciary Edward Markey – Natural Resources Elijah Cummings – Oversight and Government Reform Nydia Velazquez – Small Business
So his opposition, who was a carpetbagging lawyer who didn´t even live in the district would have been a better choice? Oh, and remember that point about letting the people who live here decide who and what´s best for our district? In other words, if you live here in the district...feel free to comment. I think Sanfords´ past screwups are not enough to force him into a life of shame. And I´ll take him over a lawyer anyday.
That´s the trouble with American culture today. Nobody loses. This guy disgraced himself, betrayed his family and the people of South Carolina. The way he handled his situation was selfish, immoral and deceitful. So now, after a seemingly safe period of time, he wraps his sins up in a humility blanket and that´s supposed to elicit the forgiveness of South Carolina voters. Mark Sanford´s history is a known quantity yet he is running for elective office and people will vote for him. He has shown his weakness in the past and when push comes to shove he will show it again. Why voters would choose this flawed man to represent South Carolina is a mystery to me.
Unfortunately Mark Sanford is the caliber of rich wimpy Republican who gives the liberal media the ammunition that they use to make a fool out of him and that causes the Republicans to loose elections. That may not work in south Carolina this time, but it surely has worked in the recent past.
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