Mark Sanford Makes It Official

FORMER SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR TO KICK OFF CONGRESSIONAL BID THIS WEEK It’s official … Mark Sanford is a candidate for the United States Congress (again). The former three-term U.S. Representative (and two-term South Carolina governor) told FITS he will formally announce his 2013 congressional bid later this week. Sanford is…

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It’s official … Mark Sanford is a candidate for the United States Congress (again).

The former three-term U.S. Representative (and two-term South Carolina governor) told FITS he will formally announce his 2013 congressional bid later this week. Sanford is running in a March special election for the first district seat vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

This news is no surprise, as senior aides to Sanford were confirming his interest in the seat back in December. Also this website published an expansive piece about Sanford’s comeback last August.

Sanford represented the first district from 1995-2001, during which time he registered one of the most fiscally conservative voting records of any member of Congress. He will no doubt be looking to remind voters of this record during the upcoming campaign.

What is Sanford hoping voters will forget? The tax dollars his gubernatorial administration spent (and later returned) in furtherance of an extramarital affair with his then-lover, now-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur (as well as all the embarrassing soul-searching that followed Sanford’s dramatic confession of the affair).

Does Sanford have a shot? Absolutely … in fact most political observers expect him to be one of the top two finishers in a large GOP primary field, which would qualify him for a spot in a runoff election.

Sanford also scored a major coup when S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) declined to run for the first district seat – and endorsed Sanford’s candidacy. Davis – whose favorability ratings in Beaufort (and across the newly drawn first district) are through the roof – was viewed as a strong contender for this seat. However the second-term Senator – who served as Sanford’s chief of staff during the governor’s first term in office – opted against running.

Who else wants this nomination? A ton of people, among them: S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston), S.C. Rep. Peter McCoy (R-James Island), S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick (RINO-Beaufort), former S.C. Sen. John Kuhn, Charleston businessman Teddy Turner, Charleston attorney Curtis Bostic and former Charleston County School Board member Larry Kobrovsky.

Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has also indicated that he is considering a bid.


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more of the same January 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

he has proven that he is morally bankrupt so he will fit right in

Zobro January 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I am glad sanford jumped in.

For a minute, I thought maybe, everyone that jumped into this race wouldn’t be a member of the Legion of Doom, but with him jumping in we get every possible option for super-powers of political-evil.

Sanford might have some money for Douch-a-hue Direct to spin with, and we might actually have to listen to sanford give a speech again…and maybe, just maybe the whole world might think he REPRESENTS us.

That will be great.

I guess you got to hit rock bottom to…blah, blah, blah.

Joe Wilson Sucks January 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Why not Sanfraud? He’s a dumb moron like Joe Wilson and he got elected. Seems like idiocy is a prerequisite to Congressional service. Sanford couldn’t be as bad as Joe Wilson.

Tammy January 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm

So true.

? January 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm

“Democracy is the worship of jackals by jackasses.” -H.L. Mencken

interested January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

LOL, nice. Love Mencken.

Bonhoeffer January 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

You’ve done it again with that Mencken quote.

Jackass Joe January 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Joe Wilson’s motto.

south mauldin January 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

You will never find a congressional race in the history of the US filled with more self important assholes than this race.

Butch W January 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Beg to differ. The Second District has Joe Wilson. An idiot AND an asshole.

CNSYD January 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

“one of the most fiscally conservative voting records of any member of Congress”

Technically that may be true but voting no on a spending bill that is going to pass anyway means nothing. Tell me the spending that he stopped. His other favorite thing was voting against milcons in his own district.

“The tax dollars spent (and later returned)”

So in Sic Willie’s eyes this excuses his behavior? Do you think he would have returned it had he not be caught?

Jan January 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Sanford and Ravenel are both suitable representatives of the Republican Party, their philosphy, and values.

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man January 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Dont forget Chip Limehouse!

Godslayer January 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Liar, adulterer, hypocrite–Sanford hit the GOP trifecta!

No crap! January 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

All we need to do is throw in Bob Peeler, or Richard Eckstrom, or Nikki haley and we have a gagging gaggling of cheating, lying, adulterer narcissist who could give a shit less about representing the taxpayer, being a faithful supportive spouse, or doing the right thing about anything.Sell their grandmother or mother for a vote and sacrafice their children for the same. Kind of reminds me of his royalness Barry O’bama.

JOE AIN'T FOR JOBS January 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Toss in Joe Wilson and the Wilson leeches, and Butch as well into that cesspool.

Better than a poverty pimp January 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

Don’t forget that outstanding morally bankrupt racist Jim Clyburn – he’s certainly one we can be proud of too!

SparkleCity January 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I have no respect for anyone who supports that shirking SOB (who not only bailed on his wife but his military unit).

Let alone that shirking SOB himself.

GreenvilleLwyr January 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I will move to Charleston to vote against this asshole if necessary. Hopefully the Lowcountry isn’t that stupid…

Joe Blow January 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Sad, the “anti” government politician can’t seem to find a job that isn’t guvment work.

SparkleCity January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Excellent point….

Federal Farmer January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I agree, my response below was for him Joe Blow.

SparkleCity January 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Actually, you could say the same thing about Trey Gowdy and a host of others…..

Joe Wilson Blows January 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Dont ask Joe Wilson to help with jobs unless you are his kin.mhe only gives a shit about himself.

Federal Farmer January 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

You got that right. Hypocrisy knows no bounds.

No Sanford January 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Mark Sanford = deficit of trust.

Bonhoeffer January 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The fact that he even entered the race and imagines that he has a chance to win shows his utter contempt for the intelligence and judgment of the voters of the First Congressional District.

Federal Farmer January 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

“No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” – H.L. Mencken

Sorry about that. :)

Lance Riprock January 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I haven’t looked it up, but I thought the Mencken quote was “Nobody ever lost a nickel overestimating the vulgarity of the American public.” Charleston, with this cast of clowns, has forfeited any right to be snooty.

darksied calling January 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

t’rav vs luv guv…or maybe that should be coke head vs pecker head??

Boiled Peanut Gallery January 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

When Sanford first ran for Congress, he pledged to only stay for 3 terms. Yet another pledge he’s conveniently forgotten.

Manray9 January 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

What a disgrace!

stfu January 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm


But it sounds like a hell of a Texas Cage Match Debate.

FITS needs to call for a debate which Will would moderate.

More Shame January 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hey, SC voted in droves for Newt Gingrich, a two time adulterer, and his whore of a wife. His “family values” when it comes to women makes Mark Sanford look like Ward Cleaver. But this is indeed a sad day for SC Republicans. What a tool.

Forrest Gump January 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Stupid is as stupid does. I hope he spends gazillions on his campaign. Bubba and I’ll vote against him twice.

kc January 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Why, God? Why do You hate South Carolina so?

Old Bike Dude January 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Oh well shitfire! With Mark in Washington and Davis in Sun City the mythical Jasper port with leap from the banks of the Savannah River faster than Mark’s pecker jumped from his pants. And never forget, his pal Tom was covering his ass all the way.

Tank McNamara January 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Hell, let him go. He can cause less damage to SC up there than if he’s here.

Jackson January 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Joe Wilson is case in point.

chadboy January 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Does anyone remember what this guy did as a congressman for six years before? I didn’t think so.

Isotope Soap January 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Are we sure South Carolina’s not too big to be an insane asylum?

SparkleCity January 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Looks like it might come to pass more every day…..

SparkleCity January 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Then again, D.C. voted in a crackhead mayor twice.

So maybe……

29401 January 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

He has 1.8 million left over from his campaign for governor – that will make him competitive. I do not know if it is possible for a Democrat to win (at least not in a special when none of the base comes out), but I promise he would be the easiest to beat. The DCCC has nothing better to do than shake down national donors for a race that will be all over the cable networks (including Comedy Central), while the GOP has to relive a “family values” PR nightmare.

For me the choice is easy, I could care less about his personal life – I think he is incompetent and with exception to Nikki, the worst governor in SC history (Reconstruction included).

BigT January 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Heard Bill Clinton would be his Campaign Manager….

Manray9 January 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

No, Dick Morris.

junior justice January 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

This is depressing – can’t one person give him an honest compliment?

? January 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

He’s good with animals?

junior justice January 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Right! Not many guys know how to handle a wild chapur!

? January 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I was thinking pigs.


Barker January 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hes not as stupid as Joe Wilson…..but comes close!

Lex Lusts January 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Now THAT’S a compliment!

T Cousins January 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

He likes to hike nekkid through the woods. We’uns do that all the time! Got to be purty careful so’s you don’ get a dick-tick.

The Colonel January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

World Class Ego

DAVIS January 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Good for him. At least there will be somebody in Washington that will stand up to the spendocrats. The GOP leadership had no problem caving in to Obama. Sandford may not make a difference, but I have no doubt that he will make a statement. As far as his private life, at least it was interest in a female and that is more than I can say for some other office holders from South Carolina.

Dice Man January 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

This bag of warm piss thinks people will forget that he abandoned his post and left the state with no concerns for leadership continuity. Nick Theodore got pasted for being on family vacation in Greece when Hurricane Hugo hit.

El Gran Cañón was elected and being paid to be there for South Carolina in the event of emergency. Hee couldn’t even perform that simple task.

BigT January 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Ripping up FAMILIES is at an epidemic in this country…It Damages kids for the rest of their lives becuase of Selfish People….

End of Story…

WTF January 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

What the hell are you talking about? Sanford’s privileged boys?

Please tell us another one before bedtime.

Jackass Joe January 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Joe Wilson’s motto.

RIF Wilson January 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

His motto is among others, “Stupid Is As Stupid Does. Just look at me!”

Lex Lusts January 16, 2013 at 2:12 am

Sanford like Wilson is a joke.

bogart January 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

With Sanford in the race the Republican Party remains a joke.He doesn’t care about anything but taking his girlfriend to Washington….PATHETIC.

Prosper Honestly away from the public eye January 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

You’re right. A congressional victory and a move to DC would be an answer to his housing issues with Belen Chapur and would neatly compartmentalize his old versus his new life. It’s a shame, he probably is deluding himself that he is doing this for his sons and/or his country, when nothing could be further from the truth.

salty doggerel January 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Mark Sanford, his new song-and-dance:
“SC 1, por favor, another chance.
This time I’ll surely wear my pants;
Not toss them while I tango.
I swear by this–or send me Django.”

ArgentinaGayBoyHiker January 16, 2013 at 2:47 am

Mark Sanford is Lance Armstrong. He’s still in Da Nile….camping and ridin’ a by(e)ke. Why would anyone elect a man who abandoned his job twice? Nobody ever told him what he needed to hear and when they did he ignored the advice. When Jeb Bush runs for office in 2016, let us make sure Mark “pork & barrell” RINO does not go anywhere near a US cabinet position.

hhuuhh?? January 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

The SCGOP needs to tell this scuzzball that he needs to run as the Libertarian he is rather than further foul their name.

And, the SC press needs to be sure to ask him about all the cabinet agencies that have exploded after long term mismanagement in Nikki Haley’s 2 short years as governor with problems that were obviously festering for the Sanford’s 8 years before her, particularly SCDOR and SCDOT.

SparkleCity January 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

And even more importantly the press needs to ask him why he bailed on his reserve unit when they were activated for duty in the “Sandbox”

I sure as hell would not want a congressman voting on defense issues or when/where to send out members of the armed forces into harms way who turned tail and ran like that shirking SOB did.

Talking about officers “leading by example”

“Lt. Sanford: you are being activated for duty in southwest Asia”

Lt. “Shirker” Sanford: “I can’t go, I’m now govenor of
South Carolina and my primary duty is to the people of South Carolina.
The oath I took as an officer and fullfilling my duty as a member of the United States Air Force is secondary to my duties as govenor. You’ll have to find someone less important than myself to take my place. Oh, when I pubically announced for all to hear that I was entering the military, I said I wanted to set an example for my sons; I really didn’t mean that. You know how it is, things and priorities change. I’m sure my boys understand that duty to self is above all. That’s the ultimate example I can set for them and I live my life accordingly”

That my dear FITS readers/posters is EXACTLY how it went down.

Fuck a bunch of Mark “shirker” Sanford

shifty henry January 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Sparkle – that is very good!

A face in the crowd January 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

He will likely be elected. All he has to do is repeat the Fox News talking points, and voters will send him to D.C.

Per MS "He didn't want it to happen, he didn't mean for it to happen but he's not in charge at the end of the day" January 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

For want of a better alternative, that is exactly what could happen.

yeah whatever January 16, 2013 at 6:52 pm

SC will vote him in. He is Republican.


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