Mark Sanford, after a detour to the governor’s office and, infamously, to Argentina, is back in Washington as a member of Congress.
The former three-term congressman and two-term governor was sworn in Wednesday as the representative for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, after a comeback victory in a special election last week.
In brief remarks after taking the oath of office, Sanford declared himself “humbled” to return.
“Each one of our lives involve different journeys. But on that journey we can in essence be taken to places wherein we develop levels of appreciation perhaps that we never had before. And so I stand here before each one of you more appreciative than I ever could have been for the honor of working with each one of you here in the United States Congress,” he said.
Sanford was introduced by fellow South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson, who called him the “survivor” of primary, runoff and general elections this year to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
PPP’s final poll of the special election in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District finds a race that’s too close to call, with Republican Mark Sanford leading Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch 47-46. The 1 point lead for Sanford represents a 10 point reversal from PPP’s poll of the race two weeks ago, when Colbert Busch led by 9 points at 50-41. Sanford has gotten back into the race by nationalizing it and painting Colbert Busch as a liberal. A plurality of voters in the district- 47%- say they think Colbert Busch is a liberal compared to 43% who characterize her as ideologically ‘about right.’ Colbert Busch’s favorability rating has dropped a net 19 points compared to 2 weeks ago, from +25 then at 56/31 to +6 now at 50/44.
Remember that, over the two weeks in which Colbert Busch’s numbers have deflated, Sanford has done nothing but make a jackass of himself, even by his standards, which are damned near historic. He choked in a debate. He tried to have an argument with a cardboard Nancy Pelosi. He had plenty of troubles before, and then he turned into a clown and, at the same time, he got himself back into position to win the election. Why? Because this is no longer an election. This has become a tribal conflict, and Mark Sanford’s tribe is bigger, that’s how. Most of the god-bothering yahoos were quite upset with Sanford’s intercontinental sins of the flesh but, deep in their lizard brains, they know what counts and Sanford gave them the proper totem to hate and soon, the fever swamps resounded with whooping and hollering and chanting and the reek of burning entrails. This is not political. It is theological. It is not people going to the polls. It is people, maddened by thirst, wandering through the Sinai screaming their prayers into the undying sun.
South Carolina is legendary for dirty politics and push polling specifically. Now a mysterious group called SSI Polling is doing one of the most blatant push polls you’ll ever see in the race between Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and Mark Sanford. Here are some of the questions:
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she had had an abortion?”
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you a judge held her in contempt of court at her divorce proceedings?
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if she had done jail time?”
- “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she was caught running up a charge account bill?”
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) was endorsed by the Tea Party Express in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
The endorsement came Saturday, three days before voting in the special election.
“While Elizabeth Colbert Busch attempts to portray herself as a moderate who wants to rein in spending and give lip-service to attacking Obamacare, we know this is not the case,” Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said in a statement. “As the old saying goes ‘you are who you surround yourself with.’ In the case of Colbert Busch, that is Nancy Pelosi, Big Labor, and progressive Super PACs.
“We need leaders like Governor Mark Sanford in office if we are ever going to grow our economy and end the reckless spending and debt that plagues Washington,” Kremer continued.
The past week for Mark Sanford…it hasn’t been good.
He’s down nine points in the reliably Republican South Carolina 1st District to his Democratic competitor, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. He’s had his cell phone deluged with calls from Democrats after inexplicably putting his phone number in a full-page ad in the Charleston Post and Courier. And for some reason, Sanford thought that performing a strange “debate” with a cardboard version of Nancy Pelosi was a good idea. All in all, the Sanford (R) campaign has been vastly more ridiculous than it’s been sublime, since he won the GOP nomination in a primary run-off.
But according to The Washington Post, [DRUM ROLL] there’s a game-changer:
Mark Sanford’s special election campaign announced Thursday that it has earned the endorsement of Sanford’s former House colleague, Ron Paul.
“Mark Sanford has always been a strong ally of the Liberty Movement. Help him get to Congress. Donate today!” Paul wrote in a fundraising appeal for Sanford.
In a move out of the Clint Eastwood political playbook, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) engaged in a public “debate” on Wednesday with a life-size picture of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while accusing Elizabeth Colbert Busch, his opponent in a May 7 congressional election, of ducking him.
“Since Elizabeth won’t debate, I’m allowed to debate Nancy,” Sanford said, before asking “Pelosi” to comment on allegations the National Labor Relations Board was moving to block a move by aircraft maker Boeing to build a plant in South Carolina. Sanford’s successor, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) signed a deal worth $120 million in incentives on Wednesday for the company to expand its operations in the state.
According to The Hill, Sanford also accused Busch of running a “stealth campaign.”
“Since Elizabeth Colbert Busch refuses to articulate her views publicly, we are left to draw inferences for what she stands for on the basis of the groups that have made substantial monetary investments on her behalf,” he said.
Reuters reported on Monday that Colbert Busch leads Sanford by 9 points among likely voters.
A disgraced ex-governor and the sister of a popular comedian came out victorious on Tuesday in South Carolina’s special congressional primary, possibly setting the stage for an uncommonly tight race for what is normally a Republican safe seat.
Republicans in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district showed forgiveness by supporting Mark Sanford after a campaign focused as much on the former governor’s personal transgressions as his record. Sanford came out on top of the crowded 16-candidate Republican primary, according to the Associated Press.
Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford talks about attempting to revive his political career Tuesday at a South Carolina congressional primary vote.
Sanford, who gained more than 35 percent of the vote, will face a runoff election on April 2 against the second place finisher. The race for the Republican runner-up was much closer and votes were still being tallied late into the night.
Candidate of the “little people” not.
Throughout the campaign the well-funded Sanford was seen as the GOP front runner to reach the runoff. According to the non-profit Sunlight foundation, the former governor raised more than $300,000 with contributions from well-known Republican financiers David Koch and Foster Friess, the billionaire who largely bankrolled Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign.
Do you want a purple band-aid, Mark?
‘It’s hard,’ Sanford said Wednesday of his decision to run, in an interview with the Charleston, S.C., station WCBD-TV. ‘I’m scared to death in human terms. I mean, as I say, I’m a wounded warrior. I’m going to step out as best I can and try and advance ideas that I’ve long believed in. But it’s not without fear and trepidation because you know you’re going to get hit, and you’re going to get hit hard.’
On Friday, Fox News confirmed that they had hired former Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) as a paid contributor. The move that could make things slightly awkward at the network. During their coverage of the affair that tarnished Sanford’s political future, Fox News hosts and contributors labeled their new coworker (among other things) a “serial liar,” a “laughingstock,” and an “early brain donor.”
During the June 24, 2009, broadcast of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Van Susteren bristled at her guest referring to Sanford as having “misled” people, clarifying that “it’s lying. I mean, misled is a nice word, but the guy lied. He lied to his constituents. He lied to his staff. He lied to his wife, not on just one occasion. It’s multiple - I mean, he’s a serial liar.” (And now he can lie to Fox viewers.)
More at Media Matters.