Mark Sanford Gets Popped

Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is getting his first taste of the negative barrage sure to continue coming his way as he seeks his old congressional seat. And as you may have guessed … it ain’t pretty. The scandal-scarred politician – one of the frontrunners for the first district seat…

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Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is getting his first taste of the negative barrage sure to continue coming his way as he seeks his old congressional seat. And as you may have guessed … it ain’t pretty.

The scandal-scarred politician – one of the frontrunners for the first district seat vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott – is the subject of a bruising, six-and-a-half minute video entitled “Mark Sanford for Congress 2013.”

Here’s the clip …

Posted by a brand new YouTube user named “Mark San,” the video begins with excerpts from Sanford’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign spots – excerpts which are juxtaposed with clips demonstrating how he’s broken each one of the promises he perviously made to South Carolina voters. Toward the middle of the clip are images of Sanford cavorting with his former lover (now fiance) Maria Belen Chapur set to Garth Brooks’ hit “Shameless” – complete with a “Shameless Sanford for Congress” faux bumper sticker.

These images are followed by a dramatic reading of Sanford’s borderline erotic emails to Chapur by MSNBC host Keith Olbermann – and an analysis of those emails by comedian Christian Finnegan, who concludes “there are junior high kids trying to get to third base who have more of a plan than this guy.”

The video isn’t especially well-produced, but it effectively hits all of the anti-Sanford sweet spots … with a funny and apropos Seinfield clip thrown in for good measure.

And while the video may be forgettable in its own right (we’ll see how many views it garners), we expect the line of attack it follows to receive broad amplification via numerous earned, paid and social media channels in the weeks to come.

The basic messages? “Remember, you hate Mark Sanford. And this is why.”

So … which of Sanford’s opponents is behind the video?

It could be any of 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, Charleston School Board chairman Elizabeth Moffly, former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash or former Charleston County School Board member Larry Kobrovsky.


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BigT January 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I’d love to see FITS get in the race…

Zobro January 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

“So … which of Sanford’s opponents is behind the video?”

Does it matter?

Douche-a-Hue started a Twitter page for Larry Martin called Red Rex Rice to bash away at Larry’s opponent in the 2012 Senate election. Lets be honest here. Scumbaggery comes back around, and both Sandy and Douche-a-Hue have earned a bag full with their dick behavior.

Let’s just call it quan!

Snoozer January 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

WTF, after reading that list of pathetic loosers, Marky Mark does’nt seem quite so bad after all. My money would be on Slimehouse.

? January 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

If someone actually makes that bumper sticker it will be the first bumper sticker for a politician I’ll have ever put on my car.

Wilber Force January 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

Give me 50 now!

interested January 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

“perviously” haha. Nice.

Tim January 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Has anybody noticed that CHRIS SULLIVAN is running for something again? It’s time for FITS readers to rekindle the STOP CHRIS SULLIVAN email storm that ended his bid for state senate last year. This time, he’s running for the north Greenville House seat that was vacated by John Corbin.
The run-off will be held on Feb. 5. His opponent is Mike Burns, who only missed the 50% line in the first ballot by 8 votes. Every little effort by FITS readers could make the difference.
In case you forgot, Sullivan is a Jake Knotts brand RINO. After Sullivan orchestrated the infamous Confederate Flag Rally in Jan. 2000, he then secretly orchestrated the “compromise” to take down the flag. He called Knotts one of the “Magnificent Seven”, since he was 1 of only 7 senators to vote to “keep it flying” (along with Larry Grooms and Bill Branton). In reality, Sullivan was rolling in the pork doled out to Quinndom. Since then, Sullivan has pandered to Confederate flag supporters, telling them that “Jakie Knotts is the only friend we’ve got! We have to support him no matter what!”
If the voters of north Greenville had any idea about how big a Columbia insider career political dealer Sullivan is, he wouldn’t have even come close to the Feb. 5 run-off. People need to know. Spread the word!
PS – We really don’t need another SC elected official facing weird charges like the ones that are about to hit Sullivan for child molestation during his involvement with the Children of the Confederacy organization.

Andrew January 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Sullivan is a weird cat.

DAVIS January 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Tell me more about the compromise that he orchestrated to take down the flag. It’s not that I don’t believe you, but I would like to know waht kind of SOB he really is.

Tim January 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

When I started working for First Impressions, Sullivan used to brag to all of the incoming RINO Quinn employees about how the whole deal went down right at his desk with Richard Quinn, Glenn McConnell, and someone from the Chamber of Commerce. The CoC got to take down the flag and remove the one from the senate chambers. Quinndom got some ungodly amount of money ($50M+?) for the Hunley Commission, which came mostly from Chinese interests in Charleston. This also had something to do with Richard’s relationship with Sanford, Tumpy Campbell, and Lindsay Graham, but the details were unclear.
Publically, Sullivan called it a “compromise” and stressed that the flag would stand by the monument and state workers would have the option of taking off the 2nd Monday in May for “Confederate Memorial Day”. None of the “movement” accepted that. Confederate flag supporters wanted their official Sons of Confederate Veterans National Spokesman Charles Lunsford to hold a leadership position. When it became clear that the real “compromise” was for backdoor pork quietly flowing out to the Hunley Commission, it was too late. The “movement” had already been hijacked. McConnell and Sullivan took over as Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission after only a feeble attempt by Lunsford to gain appointment. Quinndom went on to destroy Southern Partisan magazine, which had previously been a serious journal—sort of like a hard core Southern version of the old National Review before it was riddled with moderates.
I hear that the criminal charges coming against Sullivan are pretty serious. Social media “movement” people are calling Sullivan the “Sandusky of the SCV” and the current “Commander-in-Chief” Michael Givens (Sullivan’s Hollywood buddy) is being called the “Joe Paterno of the SCV”.
Sullivan (especially) and Givens were also involved with their best buddy from Anderson, Ron Wilson, in the Confederate silver scam. A Secret Service agent on the case told me they were “exploring” their role in that whole thing, but who knows if anything will come of that.

Robert January 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The hat he has on in the shot of he and Maria walking….is that a Clemson hat?

Roseanne January 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

A “shot of he”? Are you a Clemson grad?

Robert January 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Tomato, tomatoe….whatever. Maria and him….is that fucking better for you?

scsince60 January 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Thank you, Roseanne. I think if one didn’t grow up hearing proper grammar it’s pretty tough for some to master.

Soft Sigh from Hell January 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

“shot of he and Maria walking”

I think it is correct this way but can’t quite figure out why.

Normally it would be possessive (“his”) before a gerund, but here a gerund clause (phrase?) acts as an object.

Quantum physics is in ways simpler than Englash grammar.

Mark San January 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm Reply
The Intern January 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

It has gotta be the happy Christian Larry Grooms… What is his slogan? Faith, Family and Freedom, AKA Fuck, Fuck and Fuck…

BOZBORING January 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Seriously HOW did we get a republican elected after that?

Manray9 January 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

Only in SC!

billy mike January 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Mark should confess about the China trip. Might give him some credibility. People would respect that.

Dr. Well-I'll-Be (Welby) January 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

…….but then he’d have to admit tapping ole Trikki in first class! Maybe then she’ll conveniently remember with whom she sat with…..or on! Daaaaaayyyyuuuuummmmm that’s nasty!

Okay January 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Really? Are we serious about giving that guy this many chances to screw us?

Philip Branton January 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm


Well, Mr “Fits” …its not what you write or what the video says….

…its what is NOT being said and the capability that this leverage employs..!

How did ANY of those South American trips pay off in domino JOBS here in the states..??

What “BOEING” parts come from “Guada-la-O’hara”?

We wonder how long it will take for this video to play on TYT.?

stfu January 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Only his family need forgive him.

Could you trust him again is the question, not that some ever trusted him, and warned me accordingly, which I ignored to my peril.

How does he speak to the low country on this issue.

There will be some entertaining posturing regarding the women, she has to come off as not a home wrecker, while still being hot.

And Will, does Jenny shut up, or does she wait for just the right time and then come forward and say that “my husband is a fucking small penis dumb fuck”.

Regardless it will be great cinema.

Dr. Well-I'll-Be (Welby) January 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

you are correct………..I forgave his ass so much I forgot him! By the way, who the hell are we talking about anyway?

Creme de la creme, NOT! January 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

We are seeing just the beginning of Shameless Sanford, returning candidate. Will he be trotting his sons, who love him regardless, out on the campaign trail to work for him, vouch for and endorse him? Twist Jenny’s arm or use some leverage to give some sort of lukewarm endorsement? Have people twitter Chapur sitings near his venues so people will show for his rallies? Afterall, the line-up thus far is none too sterling.

Andy January 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I live five miles from the North Carolina border. The housing market is picking up. If this piece of human flotsam is elected again by the dimwitted douchebags of this state, I’m gone. One of them will probably buy my house for $20,000 above appraisal.

bogart January 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

In the words of Barbra Streisand..MEMORIES……May they haunt him each day and night.

Goyojimbo January 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

If you can’t hide the skeletons in your closet, you better teach them to dance.

junior justice January 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

It’s not working. Is there some special music that works?

no surprises there January 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Is this an attempt to survive another year looking busy, while using up the funds in his campaign war chest (1 mil plus?) to survive on, all under the heading, “nothing ventured, nothing gained?” Doesn’t seem worth all the wear and tear, but he’s a wierd dude.

hhuuhh?? January 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

You are probably right. He’s doing a Christine O’Donnell and Alan Keyes.

Charlie Cat January 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Lets get it right this time. No to Sanford! He left this state once for a women, who is to say that he wouldn’t do it again. This state has had it’s fill of embarrassing political leaders.

ThreePalms January 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Sandford is a class A jerk and despised by many, but he has a large campaign chest so he is a contender with a legitimate chance of winning. I will be stunned if he is elected, but then again, South Carolina’s republican voters are not known for making really good decisions.

BigT January 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Sanford is the poster boy for what is WRONG with politics. A Trust Fund LIAR and a FAKE who used high-priced consultants to market his way into OUR Governor’s office…

Until we get our heads out of the pop culture…and start electing REAL people, and Conservatives…we’ll suffer the consequences…

Manray9 January 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

At my age I should no longer be surprised at the brazen shamelessness of ambition and self-obsession. This man has children who may still live in SC. Why would he expose them to the ridicule and embarrassment that will follow in the wake of his campaign for re-election to congress? I long for the days when people still possessed some concept of personal honor. In those days, if you had been involved in such a reprehensible episode, you kept out of the public eye. Has he no dignity? What if his kids see this clip?

Mindless January 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

In his mind does he thinks he is teaching them something about character or courage ie., when you fall off a horse get back on it? Or, this is his life’s work… or Chapur is encouraging him to follow his bliss, or his so called friends are encouraging him to get it out of his system and then move on, OR most mind-numbing of all, he is doing G-d’s work???
He doesn’t seem to get discretion is the better part of valor.

hhuuhh?? January 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

The Family/The Fellowship/C Street has convinced this fool that God has annointed him to hold power, like King David whom he has mentioned before.
You need to read Jeff Sharlet’s “The Family” and/or “C Street” to get a handle on the arrogant mentality that infects scores of our Congressmen, particularlyy this one. “C Street” has a long section on Sanford and how The Family influenced his career and actions.

brushjumper January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

Go back to your farm and start digging your own grave…

mph January 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

How you could read this and say nasty things about the Luv Guv? The man is a poet.

“I’am (sic) reading your last two mails sitting outside with a great seaview here in Ilhabela, a beautiful island near Sao Paulo. Have been thinking of you while watching the beautiful blue sea (a) great part of my day and remembering with a great smile on my face, the time we had spent together. As I told you before, you brought happiness and love to my life and (I) will take you forever in my heart. I wasn’t aware till we met last week, the strong feelings I had for you, and believe me, I haven’t felt this since I was in my teen ages, when afterwards I got married. I do love you, I can feel it in my heart, and although I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to meet again this has been the best that has happened to me in a long time You made me realized (sic) how you feel when you realy (sic) love somebody and how much you want to be beside the beloved. Last Friday I would had stayed embrassing (sic) and kissing you forever.”

Mindless January 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I think that was his poetess. At that stage she was appreciating the relationship as a much needed, treasured, but relinquishable one-night stand.

mph January 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

You’re right, it was her.

Here’s the Guv (man, these are hilarious):

It was indeed a long day. I am most jealous of your salad under the palm tree…”

Here’s another section that proves just how little Mark spent doing actual governoring:

“One, tomorrow leave at 5 am for New York and meetings. Will think about you on its streets and wish I was going to be there later in the month when you are there. Tomorrow night back to Philadelphia for the start of the National Governor’s Conference through the weekend. Back to Columbia for Tuesday and then on Wednesday, as I think I had told you, taking the family to China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand and then back through Hong Kong on world wind tour. Few days home then to Bahamas for 5 days on a friends boat for the last break of the summer. The following weekend have been asked to spend it out in Aspen, Colorado with McCain — which has kicked up the whole VP talk all over again in the press back home.”

Did the guy ever work?

Crooner January 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Just like a bunch of dumbass Republicans. Sanford’s got an easy 20 point IQ advantage over the field and you’re all hung up on the fact that he fell in love with a woman who was not his wife.

hhuuhh?? January 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Sanford…a high IQ…I’m falling out of my chair!?!

bogart January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Men give their private parts a name because they don’t like being told what to do by strangers……..Mark should not have listened to Noodle.

mph January 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

It’s not Sanford’s IQ that troubles me, it’s his sense of entitlement and his professional ethics. Anybody that talks a big game about fiscal responsibility and turns around and sticks the tax payers with the tab for him to go get laid, is a fraud.

shifty henry January 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

…. hear! hear!

shifty henry January 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

…. I don’t think he was totally false about where he was – I came across this article last summer:

“The Day I Hiked the Appalachian Trail with Mark Sanford and Lived” (Mama Cass)

hhuuhh?? January 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I’ll say it again…he needs to explain to some enterprising reporter why virtually every cabinet agency that he presided over, some for the entire 8 years, exploded into the headlines less than 2 years into Nikki Haley’s term. They couldn’t have gotten that deep down messed up in that short period of time….SCDSS, SCDOT, SCDOR, SCDEW and how many more?

shifty henry January 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

…. read and initialed

Les Mismanagement January 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

As to who produced, (read funded), the video – follow who has the money and is already spending it profusely. The problem with Sanford is he will be seen as the face of the Lowcountry and SC coast by the rest of the country. I am waiting for the run-off and hoping for someone we can be proud of and not ashamed of first; and second, who will be a true fiscal conservative, a social libertarian, and a security conservative who makes sure we are well-defended without being shaken down by defense contractors and shell-gamed by the DOD.

shifty henry January 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

…. read and initialed

Scooter January 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

He really should not think people will forget his shameful antics. Really not ready for prime time. Never was. Only in his and Jenny’s head. (eye roll)

OnlyPatriot9 January 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

I’m guessing it was Bostic – his little “celebrity” son never has nice things to say about Marky and has the social following to do this.


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