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Republicans pull plug
on Mark Sanford

Politico, by Alex Isenstadt

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/17/2013 3:06:52 PM

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,”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 4/17/2013 3:09:51 PM     (No. 9280766)

Jenny Sanford´s revenge-when she destroys the man she will have destroyed her sons´ father.
Divorce is a failure of two people - no one is the innocent party.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kahunavol, 4/17/2013 3:10:15 PM     (No. 9280767)

FTA - “This is an unfortunate situation but this is what happens when candidates aren’t honest and withhold information,” said one GOP operative.
What a surprise. s/o


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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 4/17/2013 3:10:54 PM     (No. 9280770)

In this country, at this time, an ex-husband is presumed guilty.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: judy, 4/17/2013 3:14:48 PM     (No. 9280784)

He defied a court order. I don´t think the guy knows how to follow rules.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 4/17/2013 3:19:07 PM     (No. 9280789)

By all means pull the plug, lest we lose another crucial seat. Sanford needs to go away.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: msjena, 4/17/2013 3:20:07 PM     (No. 9280790)

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.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Okie 52, 4/17/2013 3:22:13 PM     (No. 9280793)

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.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: judy, 4/17/2013 3:26:05 PM     (No. 9280802)

If his wife had allowed him to trespass she would have been guilty of breaking the court order too. The judge made the order, not the husband or wife.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: theeo, 4/17/2013 3:29:10 PM     (No. 9280815)

Suggest the National Repubes go to blazes; let South Carolinians control their own destiny and keep that senate seat out of Democrap clutches.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 4/17/2013 3:33:38 PM     (No. 9280823)

While I´ve all but given up on the GOP, they need to protect their "brand". Sanford should be blocked from calling himself a Republican. It is trademarked, isn´t it?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Daisymay, 4/17/2013 3:47:00 PM     (No. 9280844)

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.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: oh-heck, 4/17/2013 3:55:21 PM     (No. 9280851)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: msjena, 4/17/2013 3:59:37 PM     (No. 9280860)

Did the fact that his ex delayed in reporting it, change the fact that his did it?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Keekng, 4/17/2013 4:01:40 PM     (No. 9280866)

The round heel Republicans are now going to pull the plug on Sanford? How dumb and short sighted. it gives the Dems an automatic win.
Idiots.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: paglia guy, 4/17/2013 4:12:21 PM     (No. 9280877)

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).

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Reply 16 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/17/2013 4:13:46 PM     (No. 9280879)

He would have been another flawed Republican candidate. I don´t view this as a loss.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: starboard, 4/17/2013 4:15:04 PM     (No. 9280881)

Too bad. I liked Mark once and was hoping he could make a comeback. Sometimes people learn hard lessons and come back a stronger and better person than before.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: paloalto, 4/17/2013 4:31:47 PM     (No. 9280906)

This guy is a screw-up. His life (and his ex-wife´s) is a continuing soap opera. Best to cut him loose now and be done with him. Move on.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jalo1951, 4/17/2013 4:48:00 PM     (No. 9280932)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: forward, 4/17/2013 4:53:41 PM     (No. 9280946)

They had to pull it, he keeps popping up with election-killing stories about his personal conduct. Here is hoping for a new and more electable SC candidate.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 4/17/2013 4:58:35 PM     (No. 9280958)

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.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/17/2013 5:02:23 PM     (No. 9280968)

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.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 4/17/2013 5:04:36 PM     (No. 9280974)

Despite Sanford`s personal problems, the GOP concede`s another election before it has even taken place - proving once again they love being the first loser.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/17/2013 5:07:20 PM     (No. 9280981)

A read of this and several other stories reveals that he has "trespassed" in Jenny´s house on more than a few occasions. Her lawyer sent him a warning letter in 2011.

The recent incident occurred the first week in February and her action was filed in March.

The NRCC just found out. They were prepared to spend millions on his campaign, and he didn´t tell them about this court action.

Now they are saying that he didn´t tell them the truth (by omission?) and that they don´t know what else might be out there.

With his record, you can understand their position.

And most of us can understand Jenny´s as well. This guy´s sense of hubris, personal entitlement, is stunning. I´m amazed she put up with him as long as she did...



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Reply 25 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/17/2013 5:08:58 PM     (No. 9280987)

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.

Wise up!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: redink, 4/17/2013 5:16:21 PM     (No. 9280996)

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!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: keekng, 4/17/2013 5:20:45 PM     (No. 9281000)

#15, I´m with you. The calls from them have fallen off, maybe I was added to their "do not call" list.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: john56, 4/17/2013 5:27:16 PM     (No. 9281015)

Elect Sanford anyway.

We can fix this in the 2014 election and bring in another Republican candidate.

The last thing we need is a Democrat liberal-sister of a faux conservative bad comedy show star in Congress.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: msjena, 4/17/2013 5:35:50 PM     (No. 9281029)

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.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/17/2013 5:36:04 PM     (No. 9281031)

The RNC is not preventing Sanford from running. They are simply withdrawing their funding. Let him finance his own campaign.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Edgelady, 4/17/2013 5:58:52 PM     (No. 9281063)

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.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Susannah, 4/17/2013 6:03:58 PM     (No. 9281072)

#24-#25 has it right. Sanford, beyond his lamentable character flaws, appears to be several sandwiches short of a picnic. Who knows what damaging material on him the opposition research has uncovered?

I´d vote for him simply because he´s the Republican, but I´d break my nose holding it.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: danvillebill, 4/17/2013 6:04:09 PM     (No. 9281073)

If I was a SC pubbie I guess I would vote for the fool over the dem. Tough choice though.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: thelmalou, 4/17/2013 6:45:41 PM     (No. 9281150)

#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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Reply 35 - Posted by: amylu, 4/17/2013 9:55:49 PM     (No. 9281490)

Granted, I have old-fashioned values, but here´s my take:

I don´t know Sanford and his ex-wife from Adam and Eve, but if any man is unhappy in his marriage, he should dissolve that union BEFORE he starts another relationship.

The way Sanford handled his secret "affair" and then lied about hiking on the Appalachian Trail as a cover-up convinced me this man is not fit to run for office, nor would he get my vote.

As I said about Newt, "If his wife can´t trust him, why would he expect me to?"

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They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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