Mark Sanford Draws A “Challenger”

A guy with a webcam and some dubious Photoshop skills is challenging former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford for the 2014 GOP nomination in South Carolina’s first congressional district. Sanford captured this seat in May after a contentious GOP primary race and a bruising special election matchup against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch….

A guy with a webcam and some dubious Photoshop skills is challenging former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford for the 2014 GOP nomination in South Carolina’s first congressional district.

Sanford captured this seat in May after a contentious GOP primary race and a bruising special election matchup against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.

Ajay Bruno – who brands himself as a “Conservative activist, political pundit, and radio talk show host” – launched his bid against Sanford over the Thanksgiving weekend, saying he wanted “to give people a choice of a candidate who will never betray them, and always strive to be honest and forthcoming.”

The 24-year-old also blasted Sanford as “one of the most corrupt and dishonorable officeholders in America.”

Sanford narrowly averted impeachment in 2009 after he was busted lying to the state about his whereabouts (the governor later famously acknowledged an extramarital affair with his Latin lover, now fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur).

Bruno, who is moving from New Jersey to Charleston, S.C. for the sole purpose of running against Sanford, kicked off his 2014 campaign with a three-minute web video (we made it until around the 1:27 mark) …

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He also posted this curious photo of himself and former U.S. president Ronald Reagan …

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bruno reagan

Yeah …

Gotta love the Puma T-shirt, right?

Anyway, Sanford has had a few minor hiccups since reclaiming the congressional seat he held from 1995-2001, but for the most part he’s been rock solid on the free market/ individual liberty issues that matter to us.

In other words at this point we see no reason to replace him …

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Matthew December 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

oh god, I knew this guy in college and he lived in his own magical sub-reality

TontoBubbaGoldstein December 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

oh god, I knew this guy in college and he lived in his own magical sub-reality

So…he should fit right in in Congress.

JD December 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Worse than that. We’re talking stalking and restraining orders. He was expelled.

TontoBubbaGoldstein December 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

We’re talking stalking and restraining orders.

So…he should fit right in in Congress.

Ajay Bruno December 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I was not expelled. I left voluntarily.

and restraining orders?

Prove it or apologize.

That’s called libel.

TontoBubbaGoldstein December 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

TBG was quoting another poster. You might want to bone up on your libel law, Homie.

TBG doesn’t want to be cyberstalked or cyberbullied, however ,so he will retract his statement:

Dudes too stupid to fit in with the rest of Congress.

*Rolls eyes. Shakes head*

Happy now, cuz?

Mike at the Beach December 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

TBG…say it ain’t so!!! Don’t roll over for this clown, even if you’re doing do sarcastically and for sheer entertainment value!!! Give him the full “TBG treatment.”

“I was not expelled. I left voluntarily.” Holy shit, that’s awesome! Could this be related to the clowns during job interviews who utter the old “I was NOT fired, sir! I was asked to resign” ditty?

I would sell this guy a 55 gallon drum of self-awareness if I could, but, like most people in desperate need of some introspection, he wouldn’t take it if I donated it to him.

Guest from Erepubik December 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm

He is well known on the game http://www.erepublik.com as player

Ronald Gipper Reagan. He posted here that he was running http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/rgr-announces-congressional-candidacy-2347336/1/20 He has stalked a number of players on the game (mostly woman) as well as other actions that are not cool. If you have any thoughts at all about voting for him join the game and ask about him. There are posts about him (and by him) that should stop any of those thoughts right away.

Bucha December 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Another person from erepublik here, they guy is insane. He has actually harassed women in this game to the point that they have left the game. He is also a known cheater, having been banned at least 6 times. He has made sexist, homophobic, and racist remarks in chat channels multiple times.

Mike at the Beach December 1, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Wow…thanks. So even among all of the guys in their Moms’ basements (no offense intended) playing some big MMOG / online game, this dude is generally viewed as an asshat. I actually lost two minutes of my life following your link to his “announcement” on Erepublik (time well spent, though), but didn’t see any of the stalking stuff. I did catch a really wacky thread about the guy purporting to be some Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff, which the blogger apparently debunked with a single phone call. How I hope this guy really moves here, somehow raises the cash, and files. Who knows what entertainment and hilarity may ensue?

Stubborn Pryde December 2, 2013 at 12:08 am
Concerned eRep citizen December 2, 2013 at 1:42 am


This is why we consider him an asshat.
It’s slightly outdated but all that’s missing is who he targeted recently and his new profiles. He continuously does the same thing. It’s a good read if your interested.

Concerned eRep citizen #10 December 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Not to mention that he’s had numerous profiles banned from this forum for posting pornography. Hypocrite, thy name is Ajay Bruno.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 5:12 am

TBG at his best +5

Seppo@Erep December 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

He also suffers from grand delusions of himself, comparing himself to Jesus and Ronald Reagan. Just sign up on the game and read his articles here: http://www.erepublik.com/en/newspaper/the-reagan-revolution-276999/1

You will realize what kind of person he is after just a few articles. One article he’s a fictional character in Burn Notice fighting the government, the next he’s a fictional character from GTA V, then he’s Jesus. You might actually get a few laughs at this.

Seppo@Erep December 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Oh boy he did it again. He impersonated one of the other politicians in the game which is against him just to gain political power:


It’s very easy to see that it’s him that wrote it as it is using American English when the real person is British. Good job Ajay!

Ajay Bruno December 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I was not expelled. I left voluntarily.

and restraining orders?

Prove it or apologize.

That’s called libel..

Agent 8007 December 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Ajay Bruno is still infamous at AU many years later. I’ve heard worst than restraining orders…

William December 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I like him even more. “AU” is one of the most radically left-wing schools in the country.

If he was loved there it’d be a problem.

Agent 8007 December 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Sexual harassment, stalking and attempted rape is frowned upon whether or not a college is considered radically left-wing. Ajay Bruno would still be infamous no matter where he had enrolled.

WIlliam December 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Prove it

mike traynor December 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

You have thrust yourself into the public arena. Accordingly, the appropriate standard for libel is that applicable to public figures, not private citizens. So, in other words, good luck with that suit. Anyone who would photoshop a picture that bad deserves a restraining order.

libertarian female August 28, 2014 at 3:37 am

My local police know your name.

Boz Martin December 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Sounding better and better for a congressional candidate in SC.

bogart December 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Sounds like Sanford…stalking Jenny’s house.

Fed up Republican December 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I’d vote for almost anybody rather than this lying, cheating, adulterous bastard! I also remember he helped straddle this State with Bitch Haley another liar, adulterer, and cheater.
Problem with what we get in politics, not much choice.
Look at the Peelers (Harvey and Bob), Richard Eckstrom, Ted Vick and on and on.
We need a wholesale fumigation, after a complete house cleaning!
Fork all of the self serving s-o-bs.

Tom December 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

You knew Sanford in college?

Centrist View December 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

What is his day job?

Stinkbait December 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I don’t care if his day job is sucking dicks behind the bus station, he’d still be less of an embarrassment to SC than Sanford.

Ajay Bruno December 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

lol. thanks. hope that means I can count on your support.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 5:14 am

“… don’t care if his day job is sucking dicks behind the bus station…
And on that ringing endorsement, you can have his vote.

TontoBubbaGoldstein December 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

TBG would like to be considered for the contract for the manufacture and distribution of the Ajay Bruno Action Figure Dolls.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 7:42 am

I take it back, this is TBG at his best!

Slartibartfast December 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I want to protest the number of Canon TTL digital cameras in the lede photograph.

MashPotato December 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Somebody get this guy a campaign manager and a reality check

Bruno Sammartino December 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

Geddings is a photoshop guru that could take his campaign to a whole nother’ level.

Bill December 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

we see no reason to replace him …
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/12/01/mark-sanford-draws-a-challenger/#r23QKVw0MpsEebGy.99
we see no reason to replace him …
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/12/01/mark-sanford-draws-a-challenger/#r23QKVw0MpsEebGy.99
this point we see no reason to replace him
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/12/01/mark-sanford-draws-a-challenger/#r23QKVw0MpsEebGy.99
“we see no reason to replace him.”
How about the fact he is a lying, cheating POS, who is as dumb as a box of birds and over the past two decades has personally received over a million dollars at the expense of Taxpayers for absolutely nothing in return, and is a total embarrassment to this state.
Oh, and did I mention lying, cheating POS.

Bill December 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Sorry, I don’t know what happened with the cut and past there.

Ajay Bruno December 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I am not claiming to be the “perfect” candidate…. but compared to Mark Sanford? I want to serve our country and its people, not my own self interest, so I hope you will all give me a chance to do so. There are no other challengers, it’s just me and him.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 5:09 am

Dude – you’re a “photoshoppin loser” who also happens to be a carpetbagger.

Bruno Sammartino December 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

Isn’t your name supposed to be “A.J.”? Or are you related to Blue Jay, also known as “B.J.”?

There isn’t one person in the world that isn’t self interested, so you haven’t even managed to not lie less then 1 week into your candidacy.

Btw, I hear Geddings is available to do your photoshop campaign. He’ll work for old donuts and day old coffee.

Good Luck December 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Oddly, you strike me as a younger version of Mark Sanford sans the gravitas and connections of Jenny Sanford by his side who also kept his “quirkyness” in check.

Go get yourself a Jenny Sanford and some credible backers, but before you engage them, make sure you have blown off all your steam, come out of the fog, and have eradicated any mid-life crisis desire for an Argentine soul-mate.

M326 December 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I can’t believe you see no reason to replace him. You apparently live in an amoral universe.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 5:11 am

Some of our least “moral” presidents have managed pretty dang well. If we could find one that kept his pecker in his pocket and that had Clinton’s ability we might really have something.
Didn’t agree with a lot of his politics but he managed things domestically pretty well.

M326 December 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

All you say may well be true. It still doesn’t mean we should strive to elect people who are as morally challenged as is Sanford. And while other less than “moral” politicians may have some significant accomplishments, it is difficult to say that about Sanford. He was an ineffective “no” vote in Congress and was unable to develop consensus as governor–worst we ever had in modern times in my judgment. All this behavior leaves little to recommend him for future public office.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

I won’t argue that we should pursue a moral man – in fact, I said as much.

I disagree that Sanford is that “morally challenged”. If we did away with the entire universe of divorcee’s and cheaters in the House and Senate we probably wouldn’t have enough members left for a quorum. At least 36 current members of the house are divorced (most are Dimocrats for the record).

In Sanford’s case, he got caught and he fessed up, no excuses, no “I was drunk and I apologize if my actions were unwelcome”, no “wide stance” or “I did not have sex with that woman, finger wagging” bovine excreta:

”… And so the bottom line is this: I have been unfaithful to my wife. I developed a relationship with a — what started out as a dear, dear friend from Argentina. It began very innocently, as I suspect many of these things do, in just a casual e-mail back and forth, in advice on one’s life there and advice here. But here recently over this last year, it developed into something much more than that. And as a consequence, I hurt her. I hurt you all. I hurt my wife. I hurt my boys. I hurt friends like Tom Davis. I hurt a lot of different folks. And all I can say is that I apologize. ..”

Jan December 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

Any man who was supposedly in marital counseling with his wife, was asked not to go back to Argentina and agreed not to, and then lied to her, his children (on father’s day weekend) and the people of the state of South Carolina as to where he was and what he was doing is not just morally challenged, he is corrupt. He is willing to breach the public trust for his own personal gain. He cannot be trusted, should not be trusted, and anyone who does is a fool.
This man should be in jail, for stealing public funds not in public office.

The Colonel December 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

By your standard Clinton should not have had a second term – as governor, his dalliances were well known by that point. If anyone should be jailed for stealing public funds – I’d go with Ol’Oxygen Thief Clyburn – he’s still at it.

Jan December 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

We are not discussing Bill Clinton. We are discussing Mark Sanford. Bill Clinton is no longer in public office. I know nothing about his time as Governor of Arkansas, and its not relevant to me. Its none of my business who represents the state of Arkansas. But it is my business when its a representative of my state and I intend to continue to point out the man is a corrupt liar who has been living on the backs of the taxpayers for 20 years; and anyone who expects otherwise from him is a fool.

The Colonel December 3, 2013 at 3:52 am

We, at least I, were/was making the point that morality is not necessarily a requirement for success as a politician. In fact, it seems that there is a more than sufficient evidence that proves the inverse to be true. I referred to Clinton, Bush and Carter to
make my case. I’m sorry that you couldn’t follow the logical argument. If you can’t keep up go debate with someone else.

Jan December 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

As for Clyburn, do you have evidence he has stolen public funds?

The Colonel December 3, 2013 at 3:49 am

That fact that he gets paid for his stupidity in office constitutes theft

Disgusted conservative December 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

People with a disordered personality can be self-effacing in public…once caught. He was just trying to minimize the damage to his career after exposure of his deceits. Didn’t he do a litmus test right afterwards by questioning his then wife, “…how’d I do?” And didn’t he also question another one of his political advisers very shortly thereafter about whether he still had a future in political office? Doesn’t sound like anything but self-interest to me.

Bill December 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Exactly! I need my government check. Please start paying me again. What will I do if the taxpayers won’t support me?

Betty Boop December 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Just like Bob Peeler, Nikke Haley and Richard Eckstrom. What was the term
“disordered personality”!
How about narcissism and self aggrandizing! Many personality disorders and character flaws in this gaggling of sick individuals.

Father Sebastin December 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Self serving, selfish, gold digging incubus, I would say.
It is all about them, everyone else be damned.
They have brought shame and destruction on themselves and those around them, by their immoral and unethical sins.
Front row seats in hell await them all, especially those who mock God professing their religion while committing adultery, lies and deceit and attending church. Most for public consumption only.
Remember, “Go and Sin no more”! Not ask forgiveness, be a hypocrit and continue to live in sin day after day, then show up in church on Sunday.
An eternity of death and Hellfire awaits you. Your earthly pleasures will not sooth the burning pain of eternal suffering for your sins here in your mortal life!
I remember Peeler singing in the choi, at Washington St. methodist, while involved with his incubus.
Sanford, Peeler and Eckstrom all profess their faith while on the campaign trail and live within the Devil’s culture and bodily sins, the moment they pass beyond the Church doors!

Never once December 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Maria, kelly and Donna would be the definition of a concubine:





noun: concubine; plural noun: concubines


(in polygamous societies) a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives.

Madeline December 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Considering the joke of a candidate Democrats selected lat time as well funded and well known, and still lost big, my money is on Mark.

Tootsie December 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Thanks Ms. Chapuer (sp).! You are the illicit lover or Nikki Haley …right?
Maybe even Kelly or Donna trying, in your perverted mind to justify your immoral actions?

Ajay Bruno December 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

The criticism is rather harsh. This is the very beginning of my campaign. Rome was not built in a day. The message and character of the candidates is what counts.

As for the defamatory comments below about me…. in reality people don’t like when someone has the guts to stand up to a corrupt, VERY liberal University. That is what I did. Mr. Sanford’s Campaign Manager/Chief of Staff(who by the way is the same age as me) was one of those people who persecuted me.

However, I will say it again. I am running because no one else is, and the people of this great District deserve a choice between more of the same, and a real change. I am not perfect, but loyalty is everything to me, and being loyal to my constituents is absolutely paramount. Lying and deception is not conducive to that.

Sailor December 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

“The criticism is rather harsh”. Politics aint bean ball bub!

no change, no hope December 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Dang it Fitsy, I thought by that headline, you were giving us an early Christmas present.
Sanford will always be a placeholder in my mind, but for every term he wins without credible opposition, he remains a Capitol Hill barnacle.

Ajay Bruno December 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

He has credible opposition now.

Pleaseyoassaurus December 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm

If you’re on blogs defending yourself in the comment section, you’re not ready to play the game.

The Unknown Comic December 2, 2013 at 9:14 am


Ben December 2, 2013 at 12:07 am

Being challenged by some guy who stalked women in college and stalked people from an online MMORPG? Yea, the incumbent can’t be any worse than him.

Concerned Citizen of SC December 2, 2013 at 3:41 am

Just something for you guys to read :)

Pug December 2, 2013 at 6:12 am

Is this for real…?

lonibonker December 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

Fits News has been punked by Pizza Hut alias

bogart December 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Anyone else notice that Sanford has been free to marry for 4 years and engaged to marry for 1.5 years, his soulmate …….yet he still lives with her in sin. I’m guessing she never wears her engagement ring because she’s embarrassed that Sanford got it out of a Cracker Jack box……and no doubt someone gave him the Cracker Jacks.

nitrat December 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

And, he gets special dispensation from the House to take her on junkets with wives – wonder how the wives like that? – like the one Eric Cantor took to Israel to let the Fellowship/Family/C Street Christianists swim (naked – they did last last year) in the Dead Sea.

Oh…”but for the most part he’s been rock solid on the free market/ individual liberty issues that matter to us.”

Still love those pointless political gestures that the dimwit SCGOP voter lives for, I see.

SCBlueWoman December 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I read that she is in Argentina about 6 months a year, without Markie Mark. Bless his heart.

deadpan December 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Wow. He saw her more when he was married.

nitrat December 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

There obviously needs to be residency requirements for these offices.

MarkSucks December 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Constitution says you must be a resident of the state you are representing when elected.. so basically have to move there by November.

Nesterus December 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

eRepublik Sends their regards, you try to PTO south carolina and we will make sure the ATO effort will succeed, just like in erepublik

John Usavage February 15, 2014 at 1:05 am

This is Ajay Bruno:


John Usavage February 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

Exchange of lines from the above-article:

Line 60: “Sweet dreams Ajay.”

Line 83: “This is too much, Ajay”

Line 38: Ajay cites his phone number: “Mine’s 732-546-4287.”

As some of the erepublik.com players have noted in their comment postings’ on this page, Ajay is with either fond of or obsessed with playing their game. A player from erepublik, Joshua Patterson, cites Ajay’s phone number (“Ajay’s number: 732 546 4287”)


The erepublik “Ajay Bruno Story” of harassment, stalking and general Looney Toons can be found here:


Here is a harassment report (“I guess Pizza wants to assassinate me now.”) citing one of Ajay’s aliases and his phone number 732 546 4287:

“Agreed, in that it’s not appropriate to respond to him directly.
this should be reported and he should be banned for good. Making
threats– especially a threat as insensitive as the one he made, whether
seriously or not– should not be acceptable in any game. There is no
reason anyone playing eRep should fear that someone may make RL threats
against in-game actions.”


It’s readily apparent that Ajay Bruno, Allentown NJ High School class of 2007, is nutzzz. Whether he’s a dangerous lunatic is another question?

Oh, and Ajay, if you read this (keeping up with the your latest online nonsense must be a full-time job), come stalk me. But I’m not a lady and I know where you live, some of who you have been stalking and look forward to your incarceration.

On the upside, I did enjoy one of your 42 videos. OK, it was the only one I watched:


Liz Thatcher February 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I’ve been harassed by this Ajay guy before. He’s insane.

John Usavage February 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

There’s probably a club named grand jury. Liz, did he threaten you physically?

Liz Thatcher February 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Not that I recall… he found me through LinkedIn somehow based on my old employer in DC and asked me how I had gotten my job … he had apparently harassed another girl at my office a few months before, too. I wrote a blog about him, and then a bunch of my fellow political females all recounted stories of getting harassing FB messages, tweets, etc from him as well.

Here’s my blog:

I have some of the other comments he made to me in the hate section of my blog, too.

John Usavage February 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Still not sure what a blog is, but a hate section… Proportionally, Mr. Bruno should then have his own hate encyclopedia or…



Seems he prays… preys on conservatives to beg for a job and then lashes out or attempts to shame them if they don’t accede to his demands.

He’s certainly crazy, but is he a dangerous crazy?

anonymous April 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

Oh gosh, Bruno is the epitome of stalker and harasser. His “prove it” comments are juvenile because I know about 5 different women I personally know that have saved fb or texts messages from this dude.

I am almost positive he has a mental disorder. Not saying that to be mean, but he genuinely is a huge creep.

Court records of restraining orders are public record, you idiot. I’m sure if it ever came to it to “prove it” there would be more evidence against you than any other dirty politician.

suki77 July 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

Hahah this guy messaged me on Facebook and went on a tirade because I wouldn’t respond. He’s a total nut. He said I needed to respect him because he’s a future President – after telling me that I’m not a real Christian like him and he deserves my job more than I do.

Libertarian female August 28, 2014 at 3:35 am

Filed a police report about this guy because he was stalking me.


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