2ND IN A SERIES LEADING TO THE
2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Mark Sanford is not (yet) a Presidential contender. And I was not going to write another political post so soon. But the Sanford story is too good to let pass.
A quick review for those readers visiting Mars or otherwise occupied during the initial incident: Sanford is the state’s disgraced former governor. During his tenure he disappeared for a few days. The governor’s office announced he was hiking the Appalachian Trail; he was actually visiting his mistress (and current fiancé) in Argentina. This occurred in 2009. His wife later divorced him. Sanford is currently running for a vacant Congressional seat in South Carolina.
On Tuesday, April 16, (2013) Sanford was accused of trespassing at his ex-wife’s home. A court appearance is scheduled. Sanford’s ex-wife Jenny, a bright, educated, professional woman, ran Sanford’s past political endeavors, and he asked her to run his current Congressional campaign. She refused, a decision I am sure most women applaud.
I would have loved to see the faces of Republican analysts and kingmakers upon learning of Sanford’s latest difficulties. They were probably ready to tear their hair out (assuming the geezers have any left). Sanford is running for a traditionally Republican Congressional seat in Charleston, SC. He has a formidable opposition candidate – the sister of comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Sanford boasts he has never lost an election. Humility and restraint, it seems, are not among his strong traits.
Supporters were hoping voters would forget his Appalachian fling; the voting public has short memories. Unfortunately the latest revelation brought the entire fiasco back into newsworthy print and voters’ minds. Before this episode Sanford was ahead of Busch in the polls. The most recent surveys indicate the two are running even. With the election two weeks away – Tuesday, May 7 - it is too close to call.
A special election is scheduled because the previous House member for the district, Tim Scott, was appointed by the current governor back in December to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint, who resigned to become President of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. (Got that!?)
As a result of Sanford’s latest blunder, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced they were no longer going to fund Sanford’s campaign. The committee initially planned to spend $2 million on Sanford’s election effort.
Should Sanford win the House seat, party operatives fear it will reinforce the public’s perception of the GOP as anti-women and oblivious to voters’ concerns.
On the other hand the last thing the GOP wants is a Democratic victory, spurring hopes of additional Democratic House wins in 2014.
On another hand, Sanford’s future wife could bring a flair for entertaining and other activities to Washington, enhancing the city’s international atmosphere. Recently Argentina gave the world a pope. Perhaps they will give America an intriguing political spouse.
The travels of Mark Sanford...
|From the State House in Columbia, South Carolina...|
|to his mistress' side in Argentina...|
|to Capitol Hill?|
Watch for more political tidbits and twaddle as politicians nationwide, would-be politicians, their buddies and their goings-on make news. Frankly, I don’t think anyone can make this stuff up.