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Mark Sanford Applauds Chris Cox

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) released the following statement regarding Mt. Pleasant resident Chris Cox, who has been working to keep up the Lincoln Memorial and World War II memorial during the government shutdown. “Last Thursday after giving a speech on the House floor regarding the unprecedented closing…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) released the following statement regarding Mt. Pleasant resident Chris Cox, who has been working to keep up the Lincoln Memorial and World War II memorial during the government shutdown.

“Last Thursday after giving a speech on the House floor regarding the unprecedented closing of the Lincoln Memorial to the public during this government shutdown, Chris Cox came by my office to voice similar displeasure,” said Sanford. I’d never met him and figured he was like many who voice displeasure with a piece of government, but then go on to whatever is next on their to-do list in life.”

“Today I went for my run down to the Lincoln Memorial, and there in front of the memorial I saw a South Carolina flag hanging from the back of a lawn mower. Curious I went up to the flag, and who should be there, but Chris. It turns out he had taken it upon himself since our visit last week to keep up the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and World War II memorials and surrounding grounds! He bought a lawn mower, a blower and told me he had spent the days and evenings since our visit, picking up trash, cutting grass and blowing leaves to keep walkways clean. An hour before we met, a park service officer had come up and told him he was no longer allowed to do so…though the park service would not maintain these monuments now.”

“I’m impressed, Chris embodies what it means to be not just a South Carolinian, but an American,” added Sanford. “He saw a job that wasn’t getting done and decided to take care of it. We are not a nanny state, and when government in this case chooses not to do something it’s in keeping with the American tradition to ask, “What can I do to fix the problem?” Chris’s example is one we could all learn from in Washington, and accordingly, I applaud him.”

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23 comments

rwwllms October 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Instead of applauding him how about picking up a rake and helping him.

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SCBlues October 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Sanford is too busy jogging around the monuments in DC and pulling other publicity pranks . . . his constituents back home are impressed with that kind of stuff . . .

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aFan October 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm Reply
Smirks October 10, 2013 at 6:07 am

He’ll mow down the debt and fertilize the economy!

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Smirks October 10, 2013 at 6:06 am

Like a politician runs for office because they want to work for a living. :P

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shifty henry October 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

EXACTLY! — Sanford missed a superior opportunity for a video promo…but then, maybe he didn’t want to work up a sweat….

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carrie October 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

How about all of us Americans picking up the rakes and helping him and our Country?

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PrivateSC October 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Really? So you can rip him for a publicity stunt? This article isn’t about Sanford and it’s not certainly not about you. It’s about a guy traveled up there and is frustrated. Glad you’re here to criticize everyone and not see the merit of his actions (Cox not Stanford). You’re just apart of the problem like most people. You’re more concerned with how you can abuse the system or fix it to your benefit rather than being a good America.

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? October 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Anyone wanna bet that Chris is on unemployment?

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idcydm October 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

Don’t know about Chris but many of the nonessentials are double dipping by drawing unemployment.

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Alteredviewpoint October 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Does anyone else find the humor of a white man from South Carolina cutting the grass of a memorial to Lincoln?

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Big Ed October 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Um.. no, why would it be humorous? Quit living in the 1930s and grow up.

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Alteredviewpoint October 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

1860s actually. You know, South Carolina, Lincoln, that silly war of Northern Agression…. How do you get 1930s out of any of that? Maybe a little white guilt? Feel bad for something you or your family did?

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PrivateSC October 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Big Ed gets it. Ignore the trolls.

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Big Ed October 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Kudos to Chris Cox.

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Smirks October 10, 2013 at 6:20 am

Oh boy, yet another press release from Mark Sanford!

Got to love it when someone does something nice, but some self-serving schmuck tries to get some of that attention for themselves by “thanking” them publicly. Next time just send a thank you letter and stop looking for a camera or blog to capture your good side you ass.

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carrie October 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

How about all of us Americans picking up the rakes and helping him and our country?

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PrivateSC October 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Exactly!

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Philip Branton October 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

Excellent Information warfare article and tactic…!! This is a “hearts and minds” boomerang operational assault…!!

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bogart October 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

Sooooooo will Sanford be doing the same with the Appalachian Trail…….volunteering?

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dsmith October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

After mowing the grass Chris headed over to the IRS to see if he could help process a few tax returns. The next day he acted as a stand in for a USDA meat inspector and a laid off immigration official. Chris chuckled and said….”I don’t know much about emergency room surgery, but if the VA needs a helping hand…I’m ready to give it a shot!”

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ThreePalms October 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

You post Sanford’s self serving statement about Cox cutting the grass, but never posted about what he said on Erin Burnette OutFront the other night. Sanford is a class A jerk.

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9" October 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I’m sure he’s used to the clap…

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