Mark Sanford’s Trust Problem

Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford was grilled by Charlotte, N.C. radio host Keith Larson on Wednesday morning of this week – getting (quite pointedly, sources say) the one question which lies at the heart of his attempted political comeback: Why should we trust you? Yup. That’s what we call a…

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Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford was grilled by Charlotte, N.C. radio host Keith Larson on Wednesday morning of this week – getting (quite pointedly, sources say) the one question which lies at the heart of his attempted political comeback:

Why should we trust you?

Yup. That’s what we call a “fastball” in the world of journalism.

We’re waiting on the audio from the interview to be posted online, but several sources who tuned into Larson’s show say the host – who has vocally criticized Sanford on repeated occasions in the past – gave the former governor all he could handle.

Couple thoughts: First of all … what the hell was Sanford doing on a Charlotte, North Carolina radio program? Isn’t he running for the first congressional district seat in the South Carolina Lowcountry? This appearance makes absolutely no sense …

More to the point, Sanford is clearly going to have to develop an effective response to the “Why should we trust you, Mark?” question – because it’s looking like he’ll be getting it frequently between now and March 19’s special election for the first district seat. And that’s as it should be … Sanford’s book is entitled “The Trust Committed To Me,” yet he’s proven himself to be thoroughly untrustworthy.

In addition to his fundamental dishonesty, Sanford is also hoping first district voters will forget the tax dollars his gubernatorial administration spent (and later returned) in furtherance of his extramarital affair with then-lover, now-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur (as well as all the embarrassing soul-searching that followed Sanford’s dramatic confession of the affair).

What’s he hoping they will remember? His voting record during his 1995-2001 stint in Congress – when he consistently earned high marks for protecting taxpayers.


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SparkleCity January 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I wouldn’t trust that shirking SOB as far as I could throw a 60 ton M-1 Abhrams tank.

Tom January 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

A more appropriate question for me, would be, “This is a joke, right?”

Philip Branton January 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Dear Information war fare cadet class members……

Take this media example of pin the TAIL…!!

“….First of all … what the hell was Sanford doing on a Charlotte, North Carolina radio program? Isn’t he running for the first congressional district seat in the South Carolina Lowcountry? This appearance makes absolutely no sense ……”

In direct view…Wil FOlks makes perfect sense concerning this appearance..! Bravo..!

However, to a trained information war fare gladiator, how appropriate is this volley by SANFORD in Charlotte..?! What brilliant sense does it make.? How should Google Earth be used to illustrate certain voting charades in the “Cherokee Peeler” district..!?!? How does the PORT of Charleston and Georgetown have trickle up economic leverage to certain donors in the “Cherokee Tee Pee” ..?? SO how is Mr. Folks using this to leverage advertising from WHO…!?!

Yes cadets…..Mr. Folks and Mr. Sanford have played with boomerangs before..!! Its a lot like music….if you know what notes are being played and “furloughed”..!? Just look at this article about music and water…and “snowflakes”. (Better known as dandruff too Bobby Harrell and Jim CLYBURN)


So cadets……lets play a game of “risk” ? Shall we..!? How would Mark Sanford expect BIG T or SMIRKS or John Monk or Tara Serv-acious or Richard Todd or Brian Hicks to USE this FITSNEWS article via their “avenues of OAKS”? What are the ana-lytics on the web hits and network graphs.?! What message would a “Ma Bell” administrator see and HEAR..!?

How would the “family” of BIG-T amplify certain donor leverage..!?

BRAVO….Wil FOLKS ….BRAVO… (clap, clap, clap)

We really wonder what rail interests are in accord with both Charlotte and CHarleston…??

Hmm…..”La Fogata” at Biedler Forest and Columbia..?? (Lexington Hospital location has coupons)

squirrel in te capitol dome January 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

The people screwed up trusting Nikki Haley, Richard Eckstrom, Bob Peeler, Thad Viers, Ted Vick, John Edwards and a host of others.
It can be safely stated Jenny Sanford was a fool to trust ark Sanford and Maria Chapur may very well suffer the same fate, along with Kelly Payne (Eckstrom’s paramour), Donna Gulledge (Peeler’s paramour).
Haley will eventually be found for what she is, just as the others and anyone trusting her is a fool! Are you listening Michael?
Why are we fooled as voters? I guess the same reason the fools who bed down with these self serving narcissist were!

interested January 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

why was he in NC? Surely you know the answer – “hit a few radio markets outside of SC and get comfortable answering the tough questions now, while it is so early you can spin them later.”

Sailor January 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

You nailed it! I’m surprized Fits didn’t pick that up.

Jeralyn January 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I think he eventually wants a national campaign like Haley. Use SC voters to get the foot in and then exit SC for the national stage.

Billy-Bob January 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Why doesn’t Sanfraud just crawl back under the rock from whence he came??!!

Philip Branton January 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Attention Informational Gladiator Cadets…….

Your assignment (if you so choose to take it) is to cruise on over to the Charleston City Paper and check out the article about TEDDY and really read closely concerning his responses to the questions.!? How is the article by Paul Bowers articulated..?? How ready will he be once sworn in to make a stand on Iran..? …Nigeria…?? Cruise ship dependence on Foreign OIL..?? ….working with Russian drug trafficking counter-intelligence..?? …..Boeing Corporate “battery” findings and Wall Street Union insiders…!? ……web metrics and governmental informational transparency initiatives…?? …Obama care oversight of waste and fraud….?? ….landfill closure and the Department of Energy “tango”..?? …..transportation sector JOBS…?? ….energy sector ..JOBS..??

…and above all….citizen involvement on a DAILY basis..??

? January 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I feel like I’m watching the Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” syncronized properly, while also under the influence of a recently legalized plant in Colorado every time I read one of your posts.

ohnonotagain January 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

It’s Dark Side of the Moon that syncs, dude.

? January 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Oh yea.

Mike Traynor January 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

This guy continues to underscore the fact that he is a dumb ass.

And his ego is the size of Texas.

Philip Branton January 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Dear Informational TMNT gladiators……..

Mr Mike Traynor is a very good cadet…he has taken the first steps to admitting that he really wants to be in the “Dante’s Camaro” ring with the Southern Avenger. What puzzle should he be challenged to solve to prove his merit? Does he understand how to use google to search for “War Game Movie” and think like a “whopper”..!? How does this benefit Mike Traynor in the eyes of Fitsnews readers or Brian Hicks.

Task 1: Go to the Charleston City Paper and login to comment on the TEDDY story and say anything you like and then reply back in this comment section as a date time stamp of ACTION and completed mission!

Task 2: Think of three questions that Harvey Peeler would ask himself about Mike Traynor and FITSnews once Mike completed the task..!?

Task 3: Cadets….ask yourself how cadets at the Citadel would view these actions and offer battle planning and strategic informational thought..?

Task Goals for Mike: How would he view his accomplishments if he saw and witnessed every reader to FITSNEWs perform the same task in the run up to the special election for a certain seat…!?! How does a write-in candidate PROVE himself in a verifiable manner..!?

bogart January 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Don’t have to listen to the show….Sanford will pull out the, “God can use imperfect people”,”don’t judge me by my worst day or best day”,”we all make mistakes”,”it’s not that you fall,but how you pick yourself up” etc,etc,etc.He’s a broken record.Can he be trusted? NO…Does he care about anyone but himself? NO….Will some idiots in SC vote for him? YES…Will the people voting for him be hypocrites? YES.

Oh Shit January 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Sounds like Jake Knotts, “I will take the devil’s money to do God’s will”.
yeah Sanfraud will play the religion card, just like our Methodist/Sikh Nikki Haley and former Lt. Gov., while running for Gov., Bob peeler, “Faith, Family and Friends”. While he and Sanfraud were cheating on their family, making a mockery of their faith, while lying to their friends.

BigT January 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

FITS is just trying to help Sanford ease the Disgust-Reflex of Sanford…

I don’t think there is enough Shilling in the world…and I doubt FITS working on Sanford’s beahlf will do any good, other than motivating democrats (the ones who rad and heed) this site)…

Hopefuly voters have closed the door on people like Sanford…he IS the problem w/ goverment…

Liars need not apply…got enough of ’em already (see Obama) and it’s costing us dearly…

Cliff January 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm Reply
He'll take a win by default, but will we allow it? January 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I feel sorry for him, I pity him, but underneath this bout of humble pie is a self-absorbed braggart, making this bid for all the wrong reasons. Let him be a success in his new life, with his reportedly adoring mistress turned wife, in a new out-of-the-public eye job. That will be a real test of his talents! This is his time to lead that “authenticate” life he’s been hankering for; not re-enter that “false” world of politics where his attempts at legislation were muddled at best even during those periods when his credibility was highest.

Oops January 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm

“authentic” Maybe we could authenticate his state of mind and rationale for running with a lie detector test. Although, sociopaths are known to manipulate the outcome.

carrie January 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Amy Lazenby, from St. Andrew’s Patch, wrote an interesting article about Mark. Let’s give him a chance to see what he can do for SC and our country. We cannot stay mad at him forever.

Lance Riprock January 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

Sanford has described himself as a “wounded warrior”. What happened? Was it an IED? Gunshot? Mortar round? How serious were the injuries? Was he awarded the Purple Heart? We all wish this brave warrior a speedy and complete recovery, and we pray for the safe return of Michael Haley and all of Sanford’s comrades in arms.

b. burris January 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

mark is a friend and a great guy. the dems re-elected clinton

Sally Shropshire January 31, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Yes, Mark dealt with his personal life poorly in front of the public. And, the most and only people hurt were his family and friends. It will be the people of SC who are hurt if leaders with his poetical acumen are put out to pasture. His personal issues were between him and his lovely wife . They did not resolve their differences because or reasons known to them . In no way did he intentionally defraud any taxpayer of one dime. It’s simply impossible to dot every I and cross every T but they were pretty damn good at it. Sanford’s politics are spot on a great majority of the time. It’s his loss he doesn’t have His x wife’s efforts driving the train. But he’s the guy for the job and most know it deep down.

Sally Shropshire January 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Political not poetical haha

Lance Riprock February 1, 2013 at 6:48 am

Spelling is not the only area that is challenging for you. Didn’t “intentionally defraud the taxpayers of one dime”? State plane use for personal folly, side trip to Argentina, other examples that are obvious, numerous, and equally intentional. You’re as stupid as Sanford is sleazy. How do you like his lie about being wounded as a warrior? When and where was he in combat?

Lance Riprock February 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

P.S. “most and only people”- more stupidity inasmuch as “most” and “only” would be contradictory in describing the people who were hurt. You and Sanford share similar room temperature IQs; are you one of his groupy fuck-buddies?

carrie February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

Lance, his wounds were self-inflicted and my guess is that he was referring to what he said at the press conferences-how he hurt everyone and by doing that he hurt himself the most. Had to lick his wounds for awhile. Now that he is back, I do wonder if his ex’s wounds are healed yet.

Lance Riprock February 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

carrie, his reference to himself as a “wounded warrior” is a slap in the face of service men and women who have lost arms, legs ,eyes, etc in service to their country. How dare that lying, cheating coward put himself in the same class as those brave men and women who have actually served and suffered. SCUM!


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