Future SC First District Showdown?

MARK SANFORD SHARES STAGE WITH POTENTIAL CHALLENGER By FITSNEWS || U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is scheduled to address an establishment “Republican” gathering in Charleston, S.C. this week – an event hosted by GOP gadfly Mallory Factor. The former South Carolina governor’s appearance at Factor’s “Charleston Meeting” on Monday evening is…


By FITSNEWS || U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is scheduled to address an establishment “Republican” gathering in Charleston, S.C. this week – an event hosted by GOP gadfly Mallory Factor.

The former South Carolina governor’s appearance at Factor’s “Charleston Meeting” on Monday evening is his first big political speech since announcing his breakup with ex-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur via a nauseatingly introspective Facebook tome.

The fallout from Sanford’s lengthy, narcissistic post was swift … and universally unkind.

It’s also raised doubts about his political future – especially in the event he were challenged by a woman with gravitas.

“A halfway credible female candidate would crush him,” one veteran Lowcountry political operative told FITS, referring to Sanford’s next congressional election (the “Luv Gov” is unopposed this November).

Funny … it just so happens a credible potential female candidate, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton will be sharing the stage with Sanford at Factor’s “Charleston Meeting.”


In fact we’re told Templeton – whose political prospects we profiled in this piece – will address the gathering immediately following Sanford’s remarks.

Hmmmm …

This website was initially brutal in its treatment of Templeton, who first appeared on our radar as director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR).  Seriously … brutal.  We also opposed Templeton’s ascension to SCDHEC, the largest agency in state government.

Templeton has won us over, though – impressing us with her commitment to cut, not expand, the SCDHEC bureaucracy.

We’re also more than a little enamored with her “guns.”

So far Templeton has given no indication that she is interested in running for Sanford’s seat – or any elected office, for that matter.  Sources close to the outspoken 43-year-old tell FITS she plays “everything close to the vest” – and that she has a “constituency of one” when it comes to such decisions (referring to her husband, Charleston, S.C. attorney Morgan Templeton).

We’re also told Templeton – who made a name for herself as a union-busting attorney – doesn’t “fit neatly into a partisan box,” which as far as we’re concerned is a good thing given the ideological bankruptcy of both major political parties here in South Carolina (and beyond).


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sparklecity October 6, 2014 at 8:51 am

The woman doesn’t know jack shit about protecting the state’s environment or public health.

But that does not stop dumbshits in South Carolina from electing (or praising) for that matter masters of bullshit and smoke and mirrors.

Examples: Queen Namrata,Mark “Shirker” Sanfraud, “Lightbulb” Lee Bright,and Templeton (to name just a few)

Really? October 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

So you’d rather have Mark instead of her?

Beartrkkr October 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Can I have who is behind door number 3?

Sgt. Major B. October 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

We need fewer Mark Sanfords, Nikki Haleys, Richard Eckstroms, Harvey/Bob Peelers, larry martins, Hugh Leathermans, Yancy Mcgills, Bobby Harrells, Ken Ards!

We need more Carol Campbells, Dick Rileys, Brantley Harveys, John Wests, and Bob Mcnairs!!

Toyota Kawaski October 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

“fit neatly into a partisan box,” which means she is a Big Ole D just like us here at Fits.

history repeats its self October 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

She is pro-abortion and gay marriage like Elizabeth Colbert Bush. Zero chance.

Butt Muncher Mike October 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I’d still lick her fine ass.

Thank you Romantic October 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Something tells me you’ll never get that chance.

Beartrkkr October 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

What if he shows up with some Courvoisier and a Barry White CD?

Barney Sue October 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

She voted for Sheheen.

one_big_dude October 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

Could it be that the only reason Sanford is attending is to make a move (hit on) the lovely Ms. Templeton?

nitrat October 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

Jenny…Nikki…Maria…Mark very obviously has a thing for brunettes who could pass for sisters.

aikencounty October 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

A cheap wig and he’s back in nirvana1

FastEddy23 October 6, 2014 at 9:33 am

Can folks bring their own ripe tomatoes to these poli-fests? Looks like at least two targets for the price of one admission.

nitrat October 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

Exactly what unions did she bust in SC?

Milliken Darlington 1956 October 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

It never ceases to amaze me how gullible the public is to this claim.

You said it well: “What unions?”

Ludwig Von Mises October 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

The “obsession” with the power of “Unions” in SC is actually irrational.

As is pointed out here,the Union movement in SC has been and is now almost moribund,yet such is a favorite target of Republicans in this state.

Yep! October 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The Republicans in state fear Unions for two reasons:

#1 They know most belonging to them vote Dem.
#2 They believe the anti-Union stance makes SC more attractive to businesses, ergo jobs & taxes. (they might be right)

So I don’t think they stop pounding on the concept of Unions any time soon, because they don’t believe in free markets aside from the points above.

BOORING! October 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

Disappointed again! I thought this “SC-1 showdown” was an update on his mediation with Jenny… or a cat fight between Chapur and the Georgia gal….

carrie October 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

Is there more story about the Ga lady or was that planted to throw everybody off?

BOORING! October 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

With Sanford, where there is smoke, the fire follows. At this point Sanford has garnered the rightful anger of at least 3 women, in a very public way. All in pursuit of his happiness as an NPD. He will be lambasted for it because he is a Republican. But the left should instead pity him for his mental health issues…one of their sacred cows?

carrie October 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Just saw the pictures of Mark Sanford and boy he looks like he has aged a lot. Must be things are not running smoothly with Jenny, or he misses his paramour and or the Ga lady does not want have anything to do with him. Poor guy, it is not an easy life if three women are all angry with him at the same time.

BOORING October 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

He is irked by anyone or anything that takes him off his path to greatness. He’s got a lot of obstacles, he being the biggest one, to his throne.

SC Upstate October 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

mere Amateurs, wait for the one between Donna and Julie!

Bible Thumper October 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

Catherine Templeton made renewing your professional license at LLR so easy that when I was finished I thought I must have done something wrong. I believe she could’ve designed a site that actually worked.

southmauldin October 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

Excuse me, but what the fuck is a “gadfly”? And does “gadfly” trump “socialite”?

aikencounty October 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I was under the assumption that a “gadfly” is a low rent socialite.

Dave Chappelle October 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm


There you go…keep raising her on up. Build that pedestal as high as you can build it! This is because once she joins the class of full-blown and full-time political, then it will only be a matter of time before she comes crashing down (and you’ll be swinging the axe as well).

Some people never learn.

aikencounty October 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Really helped Ravenel.

Mike at the Beach October 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Took the words right out of my mouth!!! Nicely played, suh; nicely played.

Makes it hard to decide if one would rather be shamelessly boosted or pilloried by this site.

aikencounty October 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

So, I gather that her two claims to fame are UNION busting in South Carolina, where no unions exist, and being a drunk(as alleged numerous times on this blog).
Perfect qualifications!

American Party of SC October 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

American Party of SC

Stop by the American Party booth, Hampton building, SC State Fair and sign the much needed recall election petition!
it is time for the people to have more of a voice!

Dude really? October 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

She’s already dropping money to FITS to start floating her name as a possible candidate 2 years prior to the election – and by recent article here – even before then. Oh yeah, she’s playin’ it REAL close to the chest. Ouuuu maybe a uber transparent “draft part time Templeton for a part time party line” congressional job website? I can see it now.


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