PALMETTO STATE’S “LUV GOV” GETS AN UNEXPECTED, EFFECTIVE BROADSIDE FROM HIS CONGRESSIONAL CHALLENGER
The best political punches aren’t just the ones your opponent never sees coming … they’re the ones your opponent walks right into.
Such a punch was thrown this week in the race for the South Carolina first congressional district … a seat currently held by “Republican” sellout (and national laughing stock) Mark Sanford.
In the hours prior to the Super Tuesday primary races – which were won convincingly by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump – Sanford came out as part of the last-ditch “Republican” establishment campaign to blunt Trump’s momentum. Specifically, he told The Wall Street Journal he had become a founding member of the House GOP’s “Not Trump” caucus – meaning he would not support Trump even in the event he won the “Republican” presidential nomination.
Sanford probably felt he was safe in taking such a position because his 2016 primary opponent – S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne – is perceived as coming at him from the leftward fringes of the “Republican” party. After all, she’s taken progressive positions on the legalization of medical marijuana and gay rights – and she was famous (infamous?) for her role in bringing the Confederate flag down from its post on the S.C. State House grounds last year.
Horne would be the last person to defend Trump – and rip Sanford for his establishment sellout, right?
“Does that mean that Sanford will support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the general election?” Horne asked in an interview with reporter Schuyler Kropf of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.
Horne went on to refer to Sanford’s statements against Trump as “a slap in the face to all the Republican voters in South Carolina who gave him an overwhelming victory in our recent primary.”
“I will fully support Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee because this country is headed in the wrong direction and dramatic change is needed in the White House and in Congress,” she said.
In one bold stroke, Horne has made a play for voters occupying the right wing of the district’s GOP electorate – people who might have otherwise never given her a second look. She’s also made a play for a possible Trump endorsement – which depending on how the next few months play out could fundamentally alter the complexion of this race.
“She threw a Jefferson Davis style lynching on him … must run in the family,” one GOP operative told us, referring to Horne’s dubious claim that she was a descendant of the Confederate president.
Do we think Horne is going to defeat Sanford? No. She still faces a tremendously uphill battle. But if she is able to consistently recognize – and exploit – opportunities like this, Sanford is going to have a real fight on his hands.
Also worrisome for Sanford? Horne appears to have gotten herself back into fighting shape …
“She’s lost a ton of weight,” one of Horne’s colleagues in the S.C. General Assembly told us this week. “She’s looking damn good.”
That should scare the hell out of Sanford.
Horne and the former two-term “Luv Gov” are currently the only two candidates in the mix for this seat – which stretches along the Palmetto State’s Lowcountry coastal regions. Former S.C. lieutenant governor André Bauer has been rumored as a possible contender, though.
Seems to be a good move on her part, but based on a couple of past elections, seems no one really pays attention. Seems she is an opportunist, while Sanford is just an election day tradition for the electorate..
Has any politician ever left office before their term limit was up or were voted out of office in SC?
Beasley and his successor,the Democrat, Hodges, come to mind
Tweedle dee and tweedle dumb. Do we really have to choose between these two?
The best thing Sanford has going for him is that she is against him.
Jenny Horne won’t be able to put the brakes on the Luv Guv train
I might vote for her just because she has a rack. In the back of her truck.
Actually, looking again, she looks like one of the chefs from America’s Test Kitchen.
Tweedle dumb and Tweedle dumber.
Looks like Chapur already did. Look at her on the right, cozying up to the other Jenny in Sanford’s life.
What ever happen to the former First Lady – that one that’s all boney and stuff.
She gained a life without a deceitful, betraying spouse.
That crybaby routine only goes so far
Good god, I don’t know what is worse, Luv Guv or my great great grandaddy, not my real grandaddy, cause I want to make an emotional plea for the flag coming down, might be Jefferson Davis basket case. God help the first district.
Jefferson Davis style lynching…
What does that even mean?
To TBG’s knowledge, Jefferson Davis never participated in any lynchings as either a lyncher or a lynchee.
Will, thinkin’ it’s time for another gas price story with pics.
They are still higher than when Obama took office and averaged 3.50 a gallon you dumb ass.
LMAO!!! They are lower than they were under Bush! Thanks Obama!
You really are dense aren’t you. We’re hinting at Will to give us more chcks with gas nozzle pics. God you really need to get a life.
What a prize you’re as a husband.Rocky the pervert.She that ugly and stinky ya got to try and make this a porn site?
Did she cry the whole time? Did her fake ancestors speak to her?
Let’s see, my choices are a man who snuck off to get donwe “side action” on his shrew of a wife or a wanna be bimbo who thought claiming to be a descendant of Jefferson Davis gave her gravitas. Mark got away with it for a while, Jenny got busted almost as soon as she made her idiotic and readily verifiable claim. I’ll hold my nose and go with the smarter (albeit questionably) of the two since we can’t seem to find anyone honorable to run.
Mark wins by ten points.
Let’s see, my choices are a man who snuck off to get donwe “side action” on his shrew of a wife or a wanna be bimbo who thought claiming to be a descendant of Jefferson Davis gave her gravitas.
Well put, Suh!
I’m going with Mark because my wife is a Maria fan
Funny who and what some people tout as a worthy of admiration. Like being a fan of the KKK because you like white sheets. What a role model for your daughter. And what a prize Chapur won indeed!!! Most deserving.
Sanford is an absolute mess personal stuff-wise, but I don’t vote for husband of the year, or Dad, or religious guy. He votes in Congress the way his constituents want and that really is all we should care about. If he was a cheater to his wife AND the electorate then obviously he would need to go. Got to admit it can be a little embarrassing with his antics though.
It has now been recognized and accepted by most that Sanford is an entitled, narcissistic, personality disordered individual. As an officer and presumed gentleman, please do not perpetuate the myth and the cliche of the wife as shrew who caused this man-child to philander. That is on him alone. The former Mrs was certainly doing her best under very trying circumstances.
Oh please do not misunderstand, I was not make excuses for the philanderer.
Ok. But please don’t make the woman who gave her love and loyalty to an unworthy spouse, the *wink*wink*justification by naming her shrew.
I don’t care for her, but just this side of making a pact with the devil, nothing she did justifies his hiking “off the trail”…
Maybe it was something she *didn’t* do…
You owe it to yourself to go to her website. Bitter Nutter is about the nicest it gets and my descriptions go downhill from there real quick. Poor sufferer of Jenny Syndrome. I wonder why it occurred to her husband to check out another woman?
Looks like it hasn’t been updated in many years and serves as a placeholder for contacting her. How do you confuse bitter-nutter for one page of factual, biographical material not even mentioning the scandal?
they were both arrogant, egotistical (is that redundant?) asses. they deserved each other.
if i lived in his district and could vote for him, i would. just to keep him the hell out of the state!
In your enthusiasm to slam Sanford you are overlooking the fact that he endorsed Cruz pretty much at the last minute. It was a smart political move because Cruz carried his district.
FITS cares more about advancing agenda than burnishing any reputation as knowledgeable political analyst.
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“S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne – is perceived as coming at him from the leftward fringes of the “Republican” party.”
Sic, you sure you aren’t describing Trump? She is a progressive but she’s nowhere near the big govt lib that Trump is.
What a stupid cunt. She would actually makes me want to vote for Sanford if I lived in his district.
Hell, I admire Sanford for thumbing his nose at the morons in SC and running off to get him some decent strange, then having the balls to run for Congress and win, after becoming a national joke. Horne is as big a fraud as Trump is, and is not a conservative. Who give a rat’s ass where Sanford is parking his shlong these days or who he’s gonna vote for for President? This woman is a RINO. But she has lost some lard lately – good for her.
Ummmmm…Kemosabe…let’s see now…in this corner we have Sure-I-Left-My-Wife-And-Four-Sons-Mark Sanford himself
Lied through his RINO teeth about it of course and proved himself to be just ANOTHER libertarian Lilliputian elf
And in this corner we have Jenny-Sure-I’ll-Sell-My-Grandma’s-Jugular-For-An- Office-Horne waxing hypocrite on the flag
Who if the truth be known should go ahead and light up two big batons and find the devil himself and go play…tag
And in this corner we have Andre-Sure-I-Keep-ILLEGAL-Video-Poker-Machines- in-My-Warehouses-Bauer, too
Who like Lexington County’s almost “new” and old sheriffs and Raghead wants to give voters a real good you know…
Finally in this corner we have the First District’s voters who if corn were an enema would make very good shuckers
Because we KNOW they no doubt elected all of the above or wanted to and make perpetual all-day dumb-azz suckers !!!
She just got my vote tired of this silly son of bitch.
Either way Dorchester county will be happy to finally have a Republican in that state house seat. OTOH, the best option from Dorchester County for the Congressional seat announced a bid for Sheriff.