NETWORK SAYS FORMER GOVERNOR WILL SEEK HIS OLD HOUSE SEAT
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford will run for his old congressional seat, sources close to the scandal-scarred politician tell CNN.
Now the only question is whether his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, will also seek the seat …
FITS reached Sanford a few moments before the CNN story was published and he declined to confirm the reports, but the network is quoting a “former top aide” to the ex-governor as saying he is “almost certain to run.”
One veteran Republican consultant bristled at the prospect.
“He’s like syphilis: Once you get him, you can’t get rid of him,” GOP consultant Bob McAlister wrote on his Facebook page.
Others were less antagonistic.
“Why is everyone angry Sanford might run for Congress?” former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel mused on his Facebook page. “If every Congressman voted like he did we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now. So it’s okay to mislead your country into dubious wars or bankrupt the country but woe to you if you ever seek love outside of a failed marriage.”
Sanford would join a crowded field in a March 2013 special election for the S.C. first congressional district – which he represented from 1996-2001. In fact as many as two dozen politicos have expressed an interest in the seat – which is being vacated by U.S. Senator-designate Tim Scott (who was appointed this week to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim DeMint).
Once a top prospect for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Sanford’s career imploded three-and-a-half years ago when he was caught lying about his whereabouts to conceal an adulterous affair with an Argentinean woman. Sanford led people to believe he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really in Buenos Aires enjoying an illicit rendezvous with his Latin lover, Maria Belen Chapur.
For those of you who have suppressed the memories, Sanford dramatically confessed his extramarital affair at a rambling press conference at the S.C. State House in June 2009.
He then compounded his problem by perpetually oversharing about his feelings – and nearly lost his job as a result of an ensuing ethics investigation into his travel practices. Among other abuses, Sanford failed to report dozens of private flights, obtained improper upgrades to first class seats on numerous state trips and misused the state plane for personal and political purposes.
Additionally, Sanford’s Commerce Department spent tax dollars on a 2008 South American “economic development” trip during which the governor had a romantic rendezvous with Chapur. Sanford ended up paying $74,000 in fines associated with his various violations – and was censured by state lawmakers – but he avoided impeachment.
The former governor would face an uphill climb if he does jump into the race to reclaim his old seat. According to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released last week, fifty-three percent of South Carolina voters have a negative opinion of Sanford compared to just 30 percent who view him in a favorable light. Among Republicans, 44 percent view him unfavorably compared to 39 percent who have a favorable impression.
“His prospects for a comeback to electoral office don’t look very bright,” PPP’s pollsters noted.
Sanford’s numbers amongst Republicans are marginally better in the Lowcountry, however. Also he’s got plenty of money to get his message out – which obviously helps. Finally, he’s gotten engaged to his former mistress – removing some of the stigma associated with his indiscretion.
We wrote back in January that the 52-year-old had started plotting a political comeback, although his target then seemed to be the woman who followed him into office – current S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. Sanford financially supported Haley at a critical juncture of her 2010 campaign – a decision he later came to regret.
South Carolina may be too small to be a nation and too large to be an insane asylum (though I have my doubts about the last one), but it is obviously sized right for a never-closing mega-circus, complete with multiple rings and whole suburbs of side shows. Clowns, freaks, and sharpers without number.
First among them is Joe Wilson. Electing clowns and idiots is what we do here in SC. I’m so glad our role is to entertain the nation!
-Bob McAlister:dead right on the SANFORD/SYPHILIS line!
-Thomas Ravenel:dead wrong on EVERYTHING!
(the LOG in your own eye Thomas!!! There were fine honest DRUG-FREE GOP candidates in that primary for state treasurer when you audaciously ran using your money to buy what your character could not earn-our vote!)
-Mark Sanford: even your consideration of such a run is evidence of your extensive narcissistic pathology.You have publically and immeasurably betrayed the trust of your family, District, State and National Party. You may delusionally think you can justify the merits of such a run to your former wife and boys, PROBLEM IS, I’M ONE OF 600,000 VOTERS WHO COULD NEVER JUSTIFY IT TO MINE!
They (SC) elected Richard Eckstrom after the “side show” he and the high school teacher, Kelly Payne, put on. Couldn’t be worse than that. Interesting she still has her job. Of course this District only goes after employees who aren’t friendly with the Board.
Mark Sanford did not make that decision.
Mark Sanford’s penis made that decision.
I look forward to press conferences and newspaper and radio interviews in which Mark Sanford’s penis participates.
The videos will go viral.
Insane thought – he could have “penis puppets” made and use them for fund-raising: $25 donation and you get one ($50 donation and his sweetheart will autograph it for you).
Think he would sell more of them than Nikki sold books?
May we include “mister clumson football” lil jeffy duncan on this list?
Please get a life and fade away…..and take that ugly bitch who birthed your children with you! Please, please get a life!!
Just goes to show you – he still has some friends.
Wondering how much his sweetheart and her family are supporting him. Does anybody know anything about her family?
He’d have been far better off to chase Ms. Lindsey’s seat, where the issue of personal lives would have been off limits for both sides….
Would I vote for Sanford if he ran against Miss Lindsey?
Hell…I’d campaign for him!
If I still resided in the first district, I’d vote for him, too. Unfortunately, I now live in the sixth…
Sanford doesn’t have what it takes to beat Lindsey in the primary, especially not an open primary. His affair is still a fresh embarrassment for this state. Then again, this state DID vote for Gingrich…
Hey Tontobubba. You’re lucky fo be in clyburn’s district. He is only one of uours in Washington that isn’t an embarassment.
I’m not so sure Smirks…as you point out Gingrich’s infidelities weren’t an issue for the good citizens of SC, so why would it be any different for Sanford?
Even further, if the underlying/unspoken issue is a fiscally liberal homosexual vs. fiscally conservative philanderer I’m thinking that SC’s mob goes for the philanderer.
Can’t wait for the debates if she runs too.
“Umm, Mrs. Sanford, the question was on fiscal policy, not which of your opponents leaves skidmarks in his drawers.”
Can we pause and note that this little website, which touts itself in stunning shamelessness as some kind of arbiter of not only what’s Good and True but THE SOURCE for SC political gossip, has yet again been scooped by MSM? First, the N.Y. Times got the Scott story. Now, CNN gets Sanford.
The human heart cries out for relevancy, to know one makes an impact, to matter. It also likes pics of hot chicks. Good thing FITS has the latter …
We do like to get there fustus with the mostus but such is life …
Don’t be so quick to criticize, Cicero. Some of us are not in the habit of laying eyes on the NYT or maybe even the MSM for EVERYTHING.
I got it here fustus, and I saw a little CNN and a little FOX. Not a word either place when I was watching.
Keep up the good work, FITS.
Hey, it’s time to go to bed. I want to be asleep when that apocalypse thing hits.
It is obvious in the past few months that Wil has lost a source in the Gubna’s office or very close to it that he had in the beginning of the admin. Wonder who?
You’ve got to be kidding me! What a joke.
Narcissists spend their life from the inside looking out and are incapable of stepping outside of themselves. This guy truly doesn’t get it.
Getting engaged to his mistress removes absolutely none of the stigma associated with his repeated infidelity. That you would label his actions an indiscretion is an insult to your readers. Its not being polite, its offensive – which is your right and habit. An indiscretion is having to much to drink at a Christmas party and insulting the host.
Can he get a security clearance with a foreign national fiance or wife? If so, something is very drastically wrong in America.
And Chapur signed on for this? If elected, I guess she might get in with the diplomatic DC set. Don’t see her sitting at home in SC waiting for her soulmate to come home for the weekend with a duffel bag filled with his dirty drawers.
Is she gonna hang around when he loses? My guess is she’d be a lot more likely to wash the dirty drawers should he win.
Buy a one-way ticket to Argentina and stay there Sanfraud !
Narcissism when exposed, is not a pretty sight
Just go the hell away
Looks like we have rounded up one of the usual suspects. Can Andre Bauer be for behind?
Sorry Bonhoeffer, but the 7th is stuck with bow wow Bauer, Rice Crispie Tom, pretty boy Prosser,wonderwoman Kathy Jennerette and nut job Dick Withington
What are you taliking about, friend? That political slore can’t be tied down to one district in this state. He had fashioned himself into a political chameleon, but it looks like he finally ran out of places to rune (one would hope).
Remember when Nikki went on Keven Cohen radio show and said if her affair could be proven then she would resign from office.
Why can’t we hold all of our SC Elected officials to this rule. If you are waving the family values flag, moral high ground and your shit floats to the surface, you’re out of there. No Marky Mark…
Think of the house cleaning we could do. Instead we have moronic bills about personal hygiene and state vegetables. Meaningful bullshit.
Can’t hold all politicians to the standard as Cohen is off the air, thankfully. Boo yah. Oh yes I went there.
Wonderful. Now we have a universally acclaimed turd in the race. I hope Jenny runs against him and the San-goofs finish a distant third to Elmer the Pig or whoever else the party wants to run…..
In any other state, shit like this might seem strange and maybe even unacceptable. But you dumb fucks like shit like this.
I know I have been in hibernation, but the emergence of any sansfeld from ANY sesspool is simply a turd that escaped the scraper…..
Jenny has a fridget kunt – with a face to match………….
To limber his grit-eating shin,
Mark Sanford, who’s chilly and thin,
Got tired of talk,
Went out for a “walk,”
And that was the sad end of him.
Is the word “resurrection” bad taste–
After leaving the statehouse disgraced?
Now that Mark has returned
Will, twice, voters be burned?
Cry for us, Argentina, with haste.
,,,,, My question for the masses is: why, after being governor, would he not run for the senate? I could speculate but I want to hear some intelligent and informed thoughts.
You already know shifty henry. I read something about you having some names without punches. I believe that may apply to this situation just the same.
I truly hope SC sends this little King David back to Congress. He’s exactly what we deserve in Congressional representation – meaningless political gesture.
I hope everyone has read Jeff Sharlet’s “The Family” and “C Street” and understands that Mark Sanford is part of this bunch of power hungry amoral theocrats.
He would fit in with the likes of Joe Wilson the nut job. Congress doesn’t expect SC to send any talent there. Why not either of the Sanford’s? They would represent us as well as the other slugs like Wilson. Just be an embarrassment and do absolutely nothing.
just proves that he always was a fake, a puppet, and a shill and a shield for the elites: LETS NOT FORGET THIS LOWLIFE WORKED FOR GOLDMAN SACHS. and now they want him back serving their interest like the faithful and shameless piece of sh1t I ALWAYS KNEW HE WAS. and when he was governor all he did was spew his fake libertarian rhetoric like so much pablum to the mind numbed zombies of the SCGOP, who were happy to gobble it up. and truwe to his goldman sachs roots: he spearheaded the philosophy of “privatization” which is nothing more than taking what belongs to the citizenry as a whole and selling it off piece by piece for whatever lowball figure he could get away with so that then they could cash those resources in for an easy profit, while of course- and by design- reducing the citizenry to ever more dependant serf-status. and that, people, is the real heart of womanbeater will’s fake idieological stand of “libertarianism.” its just a cheap and easy way to convince the perpetually ignorant and those devoid of higher mental functioning to sell off the resources and interests of the state so that the people funding c0cksucker politicians like sanford and their even more odious c0cksucker cheerleaders, propagandists, and misinformation agents-like womanbeater will- can not only steal the resources of the people- much like the way the same fraud politicians and their c0cksucker enabler media whores convince the ignorant citizenry to waste tens of trillions of dollars to invade countries that pose no threat- and you wont see the USA invading north korea btw- just weak, dmeoralized and sanctioned countries that cant defend themselves and are ripe for exploitation- which also describes SC pretty well too.
I know this state has demonstrated its ability to make stupid decisions repeatedly, but come on — seriously? This guy is the most self-absorbed, self-impressed turd in this state. Anyone who’d vote for this guy is voting for a liar, a cheater and someone who deserted his state and his duties. Someone, please make him just go away and quit asking us to be stupid again….please.
Is there any truth to the fact that he’s so dull because he’d had a charisma bypass?
Maybe this is what happened to Joe Wilson. No charisma, no brains, no sense, no backbone. Just a limp suit and poor Aiken County just got the misfortune of this turd as its so-called congressman. Who did Aiken County piss off to get this imbecile?
If Thomas Ravenel’s political career wasn’t already DOA, then his comments above would make it so.
Thank God I’m not the only one who found the implication that ANYONE cares what that clown “T-Rav” says amusing…
Umm, doesn’t that require somebody to actually vote for him?
Good for him. At least he has demonstrated that he is a fiscal conservative. I could care less about his personal life, and who knows what it was like to be married to Jenny.I doubt that many would like to experience that.
I’d be first in line – never met her but I’ll bet I could make her laugh.
“sources close to the scandal-scarred politician”
Translation. Carpetbagger Davis and Sic Willie.
…..Meanwhile over at SC Senator Robert Ford’s house….
A certain man is sitting on his toilet like Archie Bunker wondering why a certain person from Georgetown is not even mentioned.? Why is this website keeping such a fine man DOWN..??
…..we wonder if Robert will take a “Magnolia Paradise Bridge” walk and ask himself some “Horizon” questions..??
The man who forever tainted the Appalachian Trail! South Carolinians just can’t get enough,
Why he’s just like KIng David in the Bible!
I can’t believe Mark Sanford is running again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. He is not to be trusted.
But what about his green card grubbing wife? If he wins she’s going to take a K-Street media job away from an honest hardworking American. Think of the children!!!
He’s an anti-fiscal conservative who used OUR tax dollars to fund his affair! He lied to all of us!
Sanford should be your hero. I thougt you were a Ron Paul loving nut job!
I believe your Ron Paul comment is directed to me;however, I didn’t write the above Sanford comment. Excluding this comment, I no longer make comments: the banter has become too crass for my taste, but that’s not to say I’ve stopped reading the comments.
He said he was for term limits, now he’s against them? He promised to only serve six years in congress but he lied, AGAIN!
Not what my uncles does when he gets a hitchhiker over a barrel, I’ll tell you that.
He used the taxpayer plane to attend fundraisers, get haircuts and attend birthday parties. Worse still, he rode first class at over 10k to Argentina, while his entourage rode in the back of the bus, to have a taxpayer funded puntang junket. Trade mission my ass.
What a dick. What a fraud.
Go get get a real job, Mark.
YES! The voters of state voted overwhelmingly for Newt Gingrich, a serial philanderer with a libido ten times worse than Sanford’s, and also elected an adulterous slut as Governor. What makes anyone think that “crossing the line” with numerous other women while married to a cold fish like Jenny Sanford will hurt him at all? Hell, it may well help him.
T Rav speaks the truth, but people haven’t yet forgotten that he lost his mind on national television.
No T Rav is too busy frequenting bars on Upper King and Avondale to renounce anything but a real job.
Putting aside his enormous ego, the guy is a creeper.
T Rav told a reporter at the Post and Courier that he was brought down by people that envied his success and family name, then went on to say “But with great power comes great responsibility.” Yep, he’s Spider Man.
I met Ravenel once. He was the most arrogant prick I have ever met.
Has he renounced his citizenship yet, btw?
John Kuhn, Ted Turner IV, now Mark Sanford (aka the Luv Guv) meanwhile Trumpy Campbell, Jenny Sanford and Paul Thurmond stick their fingers in the air to see which way the political winds are blowing. In 2012 the 7th district GOP primary looked like a Wrestlemania event, now 2013 appears to be the 1st district’s turn. My first thought is–can we get the McMahon’s to add this to WWE’s Monday Night Raw?? We can get Foghorn Leghorn McMaster and General McConnell to do the color commentary..that is if anyone can understand their accentzzzzzzz.
OK – say the bad things – but it will be fun to watch when it happens – maybe
McAlister must have meant to say that Sanford is like herpes. Syphilis is actually curable. Other than that, that’s the best thing McAlister ever said.
Of COURSE Mark Sanford will run for office again. What’d y’all expect him to do, work for a living?
All the crap from above comments aside we need him back instead of the other hopefuls. We can all make mistakes if we learn from them. Go Mark
Obviously “Tom” is carpetbagger Davis.
So John Edwards should run for office,I’m sure he learned not to record his sex acts.If Sanford has learned not to tango naked with someone other than his wife,he’s good to go.
Will he feature his mistress Maria Belen Chapur wearing her thong in his political ads,as they walk along the Appalachian Trail….Every news scource I’ve seen this story on has mentioned the trail….His running is a comedy tour waiting to happen,with SC being the brunt of the joke.
Don’t forget her two magnificent parts!
Can’t help thinking his engagement was just another part of his ascension plan, that ain’t workin’. Plan B is to break it off if his polling numbers remain poor, hoping to get the Pity Vote!
Sanford should run for elected office in Argentina.
you really have to give the governor her due! She played this Tim Scott appointment perfect! Evidently Pearson had nothing to do with this, because it appears brilliant!
Demint owes her for choosing his hand picked replacement!
Tim scott owes her and is already raising money for her upcoming re-election
She payed off a debt to Mark Sanford for getting her elected Governor by opening up the house seat for him.
Now the question is will Nikki “roll the dice” and endorse Sanford? Who will need her endorsement to get elected! Who would have ever thought that day would come? lol
Mark gets her endorsement and gets elected back to congress, and receives tons of national media for being the come back kid, then returns the favor by supporting Haleys governors race!
Nikki Haley is way smarter than she is given credit for!
Her endorsement is worth a bucket of spit.
Thank you, Nikki. That was well written. How long did it take you do it?
Mitt Romney thought her endorsement meant something. Look how good it did him.
I get it now…..this is for Sanford a walk down memory lane….he first met his love muffin when he was a Congressman,and now he wants to take her to Washington to share a C Street bedroom with her….Get ready with the red carpet C Street,lover boy wants to come home.
Hey Junior, Bar the door!
Syphilis is curable. I think he meant herpes. Good ole SC edumacation.
Didn’t Thomas Ravenel renounce his citizenship?
Mark says, “When I eat Maria, I hold her just so, then bite into her globes, then her legs.”
….. that’s it?
I do sincerely Thank Sanford for giving us something to break up the horror known as Obama…
With the Circus (Sanford back in politics) in town, it makes it a show of high drama, and comedy…
Where do these STUPID Egotistical [email protected][email protected]*ds, like the Sanfords, get these ideas from…???
It this Stupid SOB or his wife get more of the vote than Ron Paul, I will Crap my pants….
Sir, you do know Obama won?
The Sanfords get these ideas from silly ignoant dumb Right Wing pieces of Filth like you,who mindlessly votes for any piece of garbage ,who calls himself a Republican and mouths a bunch of inane junk that makes a kook like you pee in their pants with excitement.
Clinton and Sanford…One in the same…You @$$-kiss of Failure…
PS: where all the jobs since obama was re-elected…
That Lying Some Beech )Obama) is laughing his @$$ off at the Dumb F*(k$ who put him back in office..
I Hope Ohio, Fla and Penn Drown is Debt, and they end up Swirling down the Toilet they are…w/ your god-master Obama Flushing…
I got it. It all adds up.
Mark is being drafted by Jeb Bush for 2016
However, if the Establishment gives Hillary a free pass on Benghazi, two things. She will be the Democrat nominee for 2016 and the Establishment is also behind arming Syrian Rebels via Libya.
Therefore, who cares. Hillary will win in 2016.
Like you Republicans care about anything that happened at Benghazi except to use as a political club.
Too bad for you,no one is paying attention.
Hopefully the GOP will run a Conservative in 2016, and one from the South who can win…
These FITS-Sanford type non-Southern moderates like McCain and Romney are NOT the answer…
If a Candidate cannot beat such a TOTAL Failure Disaster, like Obama..the moderate direction of the GOP is a BONA-Fide disgrace.
The GOP always loses w/ a Moderate..let’s go w/ a CONSERVATIVE…
And that leaves Sanford completley out..even if he could overcome his Shame he brought to our state and the GOP…
Rubio is a light weight. Ryan is in. Jeb is in. A lot can happen in 4 years for Mark Sanford. Recall, Jeb backed him on the REFORMSC PAC.
Yeh good idea Republican.Run Mark Sanford for President.
Rubio is a lighrtweigh????…Have you checked to see who is the white house now…????
A worthless Piece of $#!* who never had a real job…and he’s ruined the economy….
If Crap like that can get in there, my tallywhacker may have a good shot…
Of course, all you have to do is represent Failure and Feces, and the democrats will Worship you…
A Republican has to be Perfect, and still it’s a hard sell to the dirt that passes for the electorate, nationally…
Figured out which one was Shinola, did you, Big(0)t? LMAO!
Obama was selected, not elected. He made a career off of Mitch McConnell and John Boehnor.
We do have a glint of hope in that Boehnor will not be Speaker next month.
Other than that, he walked into the trap. He has shamed the House, paved the the way for Pelosi in 2014. Have you seen what bills he did pass last week? Shameful how he raised the debt limit all through his tenure….kicking the can on America. Mitch is even worse, allowing Obama’s agenda to pass in the twilight hours last 2010.
The oracles tell us that the Democrats will have all three branched 2014-2016.
It gets worse from here. Nothing can pain me more than to see this sell out of Americans by the GOP leadership, bought and sold like whores to the banking cartel. It is too late. The Greatest of All Generations have no clue as to the debts of evil depravity that has invaded the ramparts of freedom and liberty.
We do have one breath left. Chief Justice John Roberts will strike down gay marriage which will galvanize Americans to dust off the dirt and get to work.
Other than that, Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod’s roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.
Mark Sanford is yet another Leopold Bloom.
I haven’t had any mutton kidneys since the late 1930s when my grandmother ALWAYS fixed them for “big company”.
You’re right, come to think of it – they do have a “fine tang of faintly scented urine”.
So does most poontang.
Narcissists make THE worst lovers, unless their ego is being fed by a newer more naive source (Chapur.) Then, the Narcissist may put some effort into the act. They have a warped sense of love (unconditional) which they have a hard time reciprocating. In the cycle of any normal marriage, the blinders come off the spouse. They might not realize the pathology they are dealing with at the time, but the detachment of the Narcissist is a form of emotional abuse. The spouse in turn, may first try to “wake him up” or rationalize his behavior (the stresses and strains of public life) but eventually realizing the futility, she will try to move away from the chronic hurt because of the resultant physical consequences that may be manifesting themselves. His former spouse is neither cold nor frigid.
Former Mrs. Sanfraud or “hot for strange” Mr. Sanfrog.
They are the same frauds.
SC deserves better. All we get are sanfrauds and trikki nikki.
BIN News Editorial Staff
P.S. In order to make sure readers understand the difference between this formerly Royal Couple,
Sanfraud is Her; and, Sanfrog is him.
Kiss the Frog, and see what happens.
Kiss the Fraud, and who knows what may happen.
And, sic(k) willie knows about kissing frogs.
Wonder what kind of picture Sanford drew his beloved for Christmas?
If she’s lucky, half a heart. She already has his manhood.