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Mark Sanford Does Damage Control Ahead Of Speechwriter’s Book




|| By FITSNEWS || Ten days ago this website ran a post about U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his staff (well, what’s left of it) sweating the impending publication of a book written by his ex-speechwriter, Barton Swaim.

This week, the former “Luv Gov” showed just how leery he is of this forthcoming volume …

In an interview with reporter Schuyler Kropf of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, Sanford said he wasn’t interested in reading Swaim’s book because he “lived the events of 2009.”

He’s referring, of course, to his monumental first meltdown – a tearful, rambling admission of an extramarital affair involving ex-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur that nearly cost him his job.

Sanford came back from that scandal with a 2013 special election win for the U.S. House – although at this point it’s abundantly clear he is not the limited government champion who represented the first congressional district from 1995-2001.

Anyway … Sanford took several swipes at Swaim in his interview with Kropf, saying the speechwriter was so far down the totem pole in his gubernatorial office that any of his observations would had to have be based on “second or third-hand information.”

“There’s no broken trust because he wasn’t part of the circle of trust,” Sanford told Kropf.

Ouch …

Later in the interview, Sanford said he didn’t begrudge for Swaim writing the book, saying “everybody’s entitled to their own opinion but by nature of his role in the organization, it’s going to be a lot more fiction than fact.”

Yeah … anybody spotting a trend here?  Sanford is calling Swaim a) unimportant and b) a liar.  Repeatedly.

If this isn’t a shamelessly transparent effort at damage control, we don’t know what is …

It’s also the best evidence yet that Swaim’s book will paint a less-than-flattering portrait of Sanford … who richly deserves the ridicule if you ask us.