National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid. Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election. “Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,”
A man who can´t handle his personal affairs should not be running for office. We have Barack Obama as President because his opponents in both the primary and the general elections had messy divorces. Add Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich to the list. In contrast, the ex-wives of both McCain and Kerry supported them for their candidacy and Reagan´s ex-wife never tried to impede his political rise. Here´s note to prospective politicians: if you get divorced, give your ex a generous settlement (or don´t demand too much) and do everything you can to remain friendly.
Get real, people. He´s not a criminal-he watched a football game with his 14 year old son. 2 1/2 months ago. And, it comes out now? Hmmm... Woman scorned-understood. GOP bailing? No b*lls, which is par for the course. Rather give up a Congressional seat than fight for their principles. These guys (and I mean guys) in the RNC are worse than I thought.
If Jenny Sanford had pressed charges against him AT THE TIME it happened, I would have said she was right. The Fact that she waited until he successfully won the primary to come out with this little tidbit leads me to believe she´s just a woman out for revenge. Personally, I believe that most members of congress don´t have lily white records in the adultry department, so why decide to pick on Sanford. We need all the Seats we can get. Look at the last election results...it´s not like people are beating down doors to vote REPUBLICAN. Republicans are their own worse enemy! Democrats would never do this to one of their own.
I smell a rat. Once again a state with an open primary elects a GOP candidate who shortly after winning the primary is clobbered with a huge ball of mud. We must stop allowing Democrats to swing elections particularly when they have the press as the propaganda arm of their party.
I feel sorry for the call center girls who call for money from the Republican National Committee. They get an earful from me about stories like this. I tell them they are working for a failed organization, get out of DC and goto work for some real conservatives. Not these pretty boys who can´t do a thing without a political title (Stanford, Weiner, no difference).
He needs to marry his "soul mate" and go live in So. America. He needs to be far, far away. Sanford and his ex-wife are not worth the trouble. They are involved in a soap opera. Let it play out but leave us alone. You violated a court order. Yea, it was football with your son. Hardly nefarious activity but it was wrong. Suck it up and get lost.
Jenny Sanford is a total bit@h...met her several times before and after Sanford was Gov. and thought she was a vindictive piece of work then -- nothing has changed that opinion. I hope he still wins just so he can rub it in her face.
I know first hand what she went thru when he cheated, but you need to get over it Jenny or get some help.
I certainly feel sorry for the children of these two selfish parents. I realize Sandford certainly isn´t the only Republican with serious character deficits but we hardly need another one. Glad, glad, glad the RNC was forced to dump him.
PS. Have those who are blaming Jenny for being "selfish" considered something called "opposition research"? Colbert´s sister, who is running against him, probably has PI´s scouring court records and heaven knows what else for dirt on this guy.
Rather tired of hearing divorce is the failure of two people. Divorce is a god-send to abused wives (and rarely-husbands).
Generalizations about divorce don´t work. We don´t know if Jenny Sanford is being vindictive, or holding her ex accountable. We don´t know if she was a witch because he was a serial liar and adulterer, or the other way around.
In short...we don´t know anything except that Sanford doesn´t appear to be a good candidate for leadership which requires principle, courage and common sense. Of course, the argument could be made that current GOP leadership is sorely lacking all those qualities anyway...so heck, let him run!
Once he´s in, he´ll stay in. I don´t live in his district but if I did, I´m find it pretty hard to vote for him. Is this seat really likely to tip the balance in the House? If not, the Republicans can win back the seat in 2014.
Sanford was a poor choice of the people - it´s happened before with both parties. He knew the rules, he could´ve said to his son, "Let me pick you up and bring you to my place." He´s used to getting his own way, everyone else can go fish.
#24-#25 and #32 - Thank you both! I cannot believe the vile being spewed against ex-wives here. No, the man is not automatically the bad guy, but the judge said no trespass and he trespassed. And he didn´t tell the RNCC. And he´s a complete moron.
I do differ with #32 in this case, however...I would NOT vote for him. I would vote for the most conservative candidate of another party, if there were one, but I would not vote for him. I am DONE voting for idiots and RINOs.
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