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T-Rav: My Endorsement Of Mark Sanford

In an era when scant deference is paid to the Constitution, we basically have a majoritarian system (democracy) that is completely exploited by the special interest lobbies that know how to work the system and gain consolidated benefits with diffused costs. Too many politicians go along as they too benefit…

In an era when scant deference is paid to the Constitution, we basically have a majoritarian system (democracy) that is completely exploited by the special interest lobbies that know how to work the system and gain consolidated benefits with diffused costs. Too many politicians go along as they too benefit by getting consolidated benefits to their districts with costs spread across the nation that in the collective adversely affect all American taxpayers and consumers.

There are only two politicians that I know who have the courage to stand up to the special interests: Ron Paul and Mark Sanford. With Sanford, I saw it up close. As a member of the S.C. Budget and Control Board, on two occasions I wilted under special interest pressure. Not Sanford. He was absolutely fearless. In fact, he inspired me to be more fiscally responsible and I resolved to never compromise my principles again.

Unfortunately, I was reckless in my personal life and was unable to provide the swing vote Sanford needed as a bulwark against profligate state spending. That’s a mistake I’ll pay for the rest of my life. It’s not enough to say that we need to cut the fat out of government; we also need to cut the meat and bone of it. It also needs restructuring.

Sanford has been talking about restructuring Medicaid to increase quality and reduce costs. With Medicaid, there are perverse incentives to not innovate or to be efficient. Because there’s a matching state/federal formula, if the state found a way to save money, there’d be little incentive to do so as it would mean most of the money saved would be returned to the Federal Government.

As a former Governor, Sanford knows this better than anyone. At one of our country’s most pressing hours, with the economic system careening from one crisis to the next, I can not think of another person more suited to send to Washington. And so I urge all of my friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors to vote Sanford For Congress.

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82 comments

Gillon April 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

A dope head endorsing an adulterer and a liar… well, I guess it is April Fools Day so we’re all entitled to a good laugh.

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Thomas Ravenel April 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Haha

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hoss April 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm

“It is clear the 1st district is hungry for the real world leadership and business experience that Elizabeth would bring to Washington and her focus on commonsense solutions, fiscal responsibility and creating new jobs clearly resonate with voters,” said campaign spokesman James Smith. “From her time as a single mother of three making $6.25 an hour to her twenty year career as a businesswoman creating jobs at South Carolina’s Ports, Elizabeth has shown that she is real world problem solver who will stand up to the dysfunctional, partisan politics of Washington and do what’s right for South Carolina families and businesses.”

Elmer Fudd,Yosemitte Sam or Daffy Duck? Or the Colbert-Busch-League communications team.

What a joke.

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Gillon April 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

A dope head endorsing an adulterer and a liar… well, I guess it is April Fools Day so we’re all entitled to a good laugh.

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Thomas Ravenel April 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Haha

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hoss April 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm

“It is clear the 1st district is hungry for the real world leadership and business experience that Elizabeth would bring to Washington and her focus on commonsense solutions, fiscal responsibility and creating new jobs clearly resonate with voters,” said campaign spokesman James Smith. “From her time as a single mother of three making $6.25 an hour to her twenty year career as a businesswoman creating jobs at South Carolina’s Ports, Elizabeth has shown that she is real world problem solver who will stand up to the dysfunctional, partisan politics of Washington and do what’s right for South Carolina families and businesses.”

Elmer Fudd,Yosemitte Sam or Daffy Duck? Or the Colbert-Busch-League communications team.

What a joke.

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Fleet April 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I’m hooked on cocaine, and I’m voting for Mark Sanford!

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anonymous April 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Pasquale Pellicoro, Italian citizen. Pascal Etcheber, French citizen. Michael Miller, and Thomas Ravenel.

What a group?… Pasacal “Mr. Coacaine Tourist” Ectcheber was best buds with co-defendant of Thomas Ravenel and Pasquale “Cocaine Smuggler” Pellicoro. Then, you had Michael “Just Sharing” Miller selling cocaine to everyone he can find, And you have Thomas “Just Sharing” Ravenel, was initially indicted with 500 grams of cocaine. Now, write this down, “just sharing”, you got it? just sharing I said, just sharing! now remeber that, just sharing.

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Fleet April 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I’m hooked on cocaine, and I’m voting for Mark Sanford!

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anonymous April 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Pasquale Pellicoro, Italian citizen. Pascal Etcheber, French citizen. Michael Miller, and Thomas Ravenel.

What a group?… Pasacal “Mr. Coacaine Tourist” Ectcheber was best buds with co-defendant of Thomas Ravenel and Pasquale “Cocaine Smuggler” Pellicoro. Then, you had Michael “Just Sharing” Miller selling cocaine to everyone he can find, And you have Thomas “Just Sharing” Ravenel, was initially indicted with 500 grams of cocaine. Now, write this down, “just sharing”, you got it? just sharing I said, just sharing! now remeber that, just sharing.

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Jan April 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Mark Sanford and Thomas Ravenel are the embodiment of Republicanism.

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Jan April 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Mark Sanford and Thomas Ravenel are the embodiment of Republicanism.

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Jeffrey Sewell April 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Sanford’s victory tomorrow will be due in large part because like Ravenel both have been honest about their personal failings and have sought redemption, no more can be asked of any man.

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hoss April 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

A wonderful post and so true.

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Stinkbait April 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Mr. Sewell, oh yes we can & had better begin asking more. When people are elected & accept the public’s trust, we must expect them to keep their pants zipped & their nose clean – at least while they’re in office . If that trust is willfully broken, being honest about it & seeking redemption after the fact may be admirable, but that’s a poor reason to give them ANOTHER opportunity to make our state a national laughing stock. Nobody is perfect & forgiveness is just fine, but character matters & neither Sanford nor T-Rav seem to have much. If Sanford gets reelected, I’d vote for expelling that entire district from the State of South Carolina.

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Oft quoted and true April 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

John Adams said: “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

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lowcorider April 2, 2013 at 5:34 am

Multiple bullshit flags. Redemption includes turning away from sin.

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nitrat April 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hey, bubba, Sanford continues his sinning adulterous ways with his woman.
There is no redemption for continuing to wallow in sin, is there?

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Don't pee on my leg April 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Bullshit, they just got caught.

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Jeffrey Sewell April 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Sanford’s victory tomorrow will be due in large part because like Ravenel both have been honest about their personal failings and have sought redemption, no more can be asked of any man.

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hoss April 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

A wonderful post and so true.

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Stinkbait April 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Mr. Sewell, oh yes we can & had better begin asking more. When people are elected & accept the public’s trust, we must expect them to keep their pants zipped & their nose clean – at least while they’re in office . If that trust is willfully broken, being honest about it & seeking redemption after the fact may be admirable, but that’s a poor reason to give them ANOTHER opportunity to make our state a national laughing stock. Nobody is perfect & forgiveness is just fine, but character matters & neither Sanford nor T-Rav seem to have much. If Sanford gets reelected, I’d vote for expelling that entire district from the State of South Carolina.

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Oft quoted and true April 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

John Adams said: “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

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Lowcorider April 2, 2013 at 5:34 am

Multiple bullshit flags. Redemption includes turning away from sin.

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nitrat April 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hey, bubba, Sanford continues his sinning adulterous ways with his woman.
There is no redemption for continuing to wallow in sin, is there?

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Don't pee on my leg April 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Bullshit, they just got caught.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Without making ad hominem attacks, it is hard to argue with this.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Without making ad hominem attacks, it is hard to argue with this.

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RHood2 April 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

It’s easy to argue against this endorsement and Wil’s.
Has Sanford voting “the right way” in Congress, or his term in Columbia made anything better? Did he accomplish ANYTHING? nto really.

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nitrat April 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

Not a damned thing anywhere.
Sanford is big on political gestures and that is all.

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RHood2 April 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

It’s easy to argue against this endorsement and Wil’s.
Has Sanford voting “the right way” in Congress, or his term in Columbia made anything better? Did he accomplish ANYTHING? nto really.

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nitrat April 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

Not a damned thing anywhere.
Sanford is big on political gestures and that is all.

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Jimmy April 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thomas, are you still on parole?

Incidentally, I always follow advice given by felons.

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The General April 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

Dude grow the fuck up. Ravenel did drugs, went to prison and will pay that price for the rest of his life. If you were Christian you might find yourself forgiving those who have sinned.

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CNSYD April 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

In the words of Fritz Hollings, “There’s no education in the second kick of a mule.”

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Jan April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Forgiving sins and trust are two different things. Forgiveness is available for the asking, but trust must be earned. Neither of these guys have done anything as yet that would entitle them to trust. I’m sorry just is not enough. Regaining trust takes far far longer than they have allowed, and it should.

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Marvel April 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Sanford’s former wife couldn’t have said it better.

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kc April 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I don’t care how much coke he inhaled, when he was in office and had some influence he NEVER, not once, spoke out against drug laws.

Eff him.

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Ravenals Co-defendant April 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Let me clear things up for you. Ravenal DID do drugs, AND he sold them, and he brokered the money to pay a mule to bring cocaine to SC from Texas. I wasn’t there, so I can’t verify that, but all of this was in the Discovery filed on behalf of the Post & Courier that was conveniently swept away. Ravenal is a scum bag drug dealer who sold cocaine to at least one College age female (again, according to the missing statements), lied, held sex and drug parties in his home, and was “known” to trade cocaine for sex to quite a few needy females.
Then when caught, he started the poor me I’m an addict song and dance, while rolling over on anyone/everyone he could.

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Marvel April 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Sounds like Sanford shouldn’t be particularly thrilled with this endorsement, but his new found empathy for another elite politician/fellow player might prevail.

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Jimmy April 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thomas, are you still on parole?

Incidentally, I always follow advice given by felons.

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The General April 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

Dude grow the fuck up. Ravenel did drugs, went to prison and will pay that price for the rest of his life. If you were Christian you might find yourself forgiving those who have sinned.

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CNSYD April 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

In the words of Fritz Hollings, “There’s no education in the second kick of a mule.”

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Jan April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Forgiving sins and trust are two different things. Forgiveness is available for the asking, but trust must be earned. Neither of these guys have done anything as yet that would entitle them to trust. I’m sorry just is not enough. Regaining trust takes far far longer than they have allowed, and it should.

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Marvel April 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Sanford’s former wife couldn’t have said it better.

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kc April 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I don’t care how much coke he inhaled, when he was in office and had some influence he NEVER, not once, spoke out against drug laws.

Eff him.

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Ravenals Co-defendant April 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Let me clear things up for you. Ravenal DID do drugs, AND he sold them, and he brokered the money to pay a mule to bring cocaine to SC from Texas. I wasn’t there, so I can’t verify that, but all of this was in the Discovery filed on behalf of the Post & Courier that was conveniently swept away. Ravenal is a scum bag drug dealer who sold cocaine to at least one College age female (again, according to the missing statements), lied, held sex and drug parties in his home, and was “known” to trade cocaine for sex to quite a few needy females.
Then when caught, he started the poor me I’m an addict song and dance, while rolling over on anyone/everyone he could.

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Marvel April 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Sounds like Sanford shouldn’t be particularly thrilled with this endorsement, but his new found empathy for another elite politician/fellow player might prevail.

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9" April 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

Dude/Crybaby girl.Go buy a couple pounds of shame,you no account motherfucker…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5YDEu2JLVY

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9" April 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

Dude/Crybaby girl.Go buy a couple pounds of shame,you no account motherfucker…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5YDEu2JLVY

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9" April 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

FITS blog has turned into a group-home for SC’s shittiest politicians,although I don’t mean to denigrate,S H I T …

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? April 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

The nice thing about shit is when you flush the toilet, it stays flushed. Unlike pols.

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9" April 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

FITS blog has turned into a group-home for SC’s shittiest politicians,although I don’t mean to denigrate,S H I T …

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? April 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

The nice thing about shit is when you flush the toilet, it stays flushed. Unlike pols.

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lowcorider April 2, 2013 at 5:36 am

Pot: “I’m here today to endorse my pal Kettle”
Kettle: “Thank ya, thank ya very much”

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Lowcorider April 2, 2013 at 5:36 am

Pot: “I’m here today to endorse my pal Kettle”
Kettle: “Thank ya, thank ya very much”

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Smirks April 2, 2013 at 6:19 am

Mark Sanford: The premier choice of washed-up SC Republicans.

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Smirks April 2, 2013 at 6:19 am

Mark Sanford: The premier choice of washed-up SC Republicans.

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Lowcountry April 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

Thomas, always insightful, thank you!

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Lowcountry April 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

Thomas, always insightful, thank you!

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lowcorider April 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

WTF is this guy still a citizen? I thought……..

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Lowcorider April 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

WTF is this guy still a citizen? I thought……..

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John Cecil April 2, 2013 at 9:07 am

I respect Sanford for releasing his financial disclosure. Not many people can earn 125k from FoxNews, or any news outlet, so I suppose that’s why people are ready to move on. I think everyone is different. For me drug use or infidelity is wrong but definitely not as bad as selling out to special interest that is so rampant in SC politics, especially Charleston County. Ravenel and Sanford are also in good shape which also counts for something. I mean if someone can take care of themselves that says a lot about them. I’ll be voting for Colbert Busch this time but think this is a good letter and hope Sanford and Ravenel have their best days ahead of them. People should care more about how their tax money is spent than moral issues.

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John Cecil April 2, 2013 at 9:07 am

I respect Sanford for releasing his financial disclosure. Not many people can earn 125k from FoxNews, or any news outlet, so I suppose that’s why people are ready to move on. I think everyone is different. For me drug use or infidelity is wrong but definitely not as bad as selling out to special interest that is so rampant in SC politics, especially Charleston County. Ravenel and Sanford are also in good shape which also counts for something. I mean if someone can take care of themselves that says a lot about them. I’ll be voting for Colbert Busch this time but think this is a good letter and hope Sanford and Ravenel have their best days ahead of them. People should care more about how their tax money is spent than moral issues.

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where's the party? April 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

Well that certainly changed my mind,hahahahahahahahaha.

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where's the party? April 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

Well that certainly changed my mind,hahahahahahahahaha.

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cokehead+smackhead=sanford April 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

its a great balancing act on this site: womanbeater will gave the sanford smackhead/heroin junkie endorsement and now we have the cokehead endorsement.

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cokehead+smackhead=sanford April 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

its a great balancing act on this site: womanbeater will gave the sanford smackhead/heroin junkie endorsement and now we have the cokehead endorsement.

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nitrat April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Yeah, T Rav, and I bet Mark was reckless with you and that’s how former US Attorney Reggie Lloyd became head of SLED after he interviewed your Italian co-conspirator and did not pick up his passport, allowing him to flee the country. And, why the US Attorney’s office got raked over the coals by the judge for recommending such a tiny sentence for you when you provided them with no information..

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nitrat April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Yeah, T Rav, and I bet Mark was reckless with you and that’s how former US Attorney Reggie Lloyd became head of SLED after he interviewed your Italian co-conspirator and did not pick up his passport, allowing him to flee the country. And, why the US Attorney’s office got raked over the coals by the judge for recommending such a tiny sentence for you when you provided them with no information..

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kc April 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Lying cokehead endorses lying poon hound, for the party of family values!

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kc April 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Lying cokehead endorses lying poon hound, for the party of family values!

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kc April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

How come Ravenel hasn’t self-deported yet?

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kc April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

How come Ravenel hasn’t self-deported yet?

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bogart April 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Ravenel says he was inspired by Sanford…..that was so beautiful I’m weeping.

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bogart April 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Ravenel says he was inspired by Sanford…..that was so beautiful I’m weeping.

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Joe April 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I’m actually stunned that Thomas Ravenel is walking around loose. Why would Mark Sanford think he makes a good promoter for his candidacy?

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Joe April 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I’m actually stunned that Thomas Ravenel is walking around loose. Why would Mark Sanford think he makes a good promoter for his candidacy?

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Anthony Placebo April 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Didn’t TRav say he was leaving the USA? He and Sanford are cut from the same cloth. They want the second and third chances they would never give anyone else.

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Anthony Placebo April 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Didn’t TRav say he was leaving the USA? He and Sanford are cut from the same cloth. They want the second and third chances they would never give anyone else.

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BushCheney2012 April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

Because Jenny “let her self go”, Mark was forced to outsource their marital relations to Argentina. She is like every lazy and “entitled” American worker that Mark and Speaker Boehner complain about!

By the way, Mark is currently investigating the rights of anchor babies for his mistress.

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BushCheney2016forMerica April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

Because Jenny “let her self go”, Mark was forced to outsource their marital relations to Argentina. She is like every lazy and “entitled” American worker that Mark and Speaker Boehner complain about!

By the way, Mark is currently investigating the rights of anchor babies for his mistress.

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