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June 24th, 2009, 11:09 AM
This is going to be interesting.

Missing South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he was in Argentina, not hiking trail

BY Robert F. Moore (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Robert%20F.%20Moore)
Updated Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 8:49 AM
Chastain/AP South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, once a big name in the mix for the GOP in 2012, is reeling from a mysterious five-day absence.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanford) popped up at the Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Atlanta) Wednesday and sheepishly admitted he had been in Buenos Aires (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Buenos+Aires), Argentina.
The oddball admission came a day after his staff explained his prolonged absence by saying Sanford had been hiking along the Appalachian Trail. They were only off by about 5,000 miles - give or take a sleeping bag or two.

"I wanted to do something exotic," Sanford told The State newspaper, adding that he planned to hike the trail before changing his mind at the last minute.
Sanford, who is married, insisted he went to Buenos Aires alone.
"It's a great city," he said.

The Republican governor hadn't been seen since Thursday. He declined to give further details on his South American trip, saying only that he drove along the city's scenic coastline. Sanford said he needed to recharge his battery after a grueling legislative session.
"It was a long session and I needed a break," Sanford said. Sanford, a rising star on the national GOP (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/U.S.+Republican+Party) roster, returned after his staff told him that his trip was getting a flurry of media attention.

"I don't know how this thing got blown out of proportion," Sanford said.
Sanford, best known for butting heads with President Obama (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Barack+Obama) over the stimulus package, is chairman of the Republican Governors Association (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Republican+Governors+Association) and considered a leading Republican presidential candidate in 2012.
The governor's wife, as recently as Tuesday, hadn't heard from her husband. Jenny Sanford told the Associated Press (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/The+Associated+Press) she wasn't worried.
"He was writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids," she said while vacationing with the couple's four sons.

The Appalachian Trail is a continuous footpath in the Appalachian Mountains (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Appalachian+Mountains) that spans 2,165 miles and 14 states from Maine (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Maine) to Georgia (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Georgia).
Buenos Aires, known as the 'Paris (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Paris) of South America (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/South+America),' boasts beautiful architecture, a world-famous zoo and is the birthplace of the tango.
Sanford is expected to return to his office on Wednesday

June 24th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Another GOP star tarnished: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admits affair with Argentina pen pal

BY Robert F. Moore (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Robert%20F.%20Moore) and Helen Kennedy (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Helen%20Kennedy)
Updated Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 2:16 PM
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, once a big name in the mix for the GOP in 2012, admits to having an affair at a press conference Tuesday.
Sanford, right, and his wife Jenny, are all smiles earlier this year during a dinner at the White House.

South Carolina (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/South+Carolina)'s wandering Gov. Mark Sanford (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mark+Sanford) arrived home from a secret six-day trip to Buenos Aires (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Buenos+Aires) to tearfully admit he has been having an affair with an Argentine pen pal.

"I spent the last five days of my life crying in Argentina (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Argentina)," Sanford said at an extraordinary, rambling press conference in Columbia, S.C. (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Columbia+(South+Carolina))
Sanford, who was until this week one of the GOP (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/U.S.+Republican+Party)'s most promising rising stars, resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Republican+Governors+Association) but did not step down from his job running South Carolina.
He choked up three times and he apologized to his wife, Jenny; his four sons; his in-laws; his friends; his staff; people of faith and his state.

"I've let down a lot of people, that's the bottom line," he said. "I hurt her (his mistress), I hurt my wife, I hurt my boys. . . . I hurt a lot of different folks."
Sanford's admission came after he vanished Thursday, telling no one where he was going and leaving no contact information. His staff told reporters, when pressed, that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Appalachian+National+Scenic+Trail).
Sanford apparently didn't think anyone would notice his absence.
The governor said he first met the unnamed Argentinian woman eight years ago when they had an "incredibly earnest conversation" in which he urged her to get back together with her husband for the sake of her two children.

They kept in touch by e-mail and "it developed over the last year into something much more," he said.
"I've seen her three times since that whole 'sparking' thing."
He said "from a heart level there was something real" but that because of his job and his family it was "a place I couldn't go and she couldn't go."

Five months ago, his wife discovered the affair, Sanford said.
He said they've been working to reconcile, but did not explain how his jaunt to Argentina this week fit into that scenario.
The governor, who had been much talked of as a 2012 presidential candidate, is the latest rising GOP star to take a long fall - and the second in a week.

Nevada Sen. John Ensign (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Ensign) confessed last week to having an affair and employing - then firing - his mistress and her husband.
Sanford ditched his security detail and took off Thursday without telling his staff or family where he was.
He was out of contact throughout the Father's Day weekend.
His wife, Jenny, vacationed with their four sons and fueled the story by telling the press she didn't know where he was.

While Sanford was gone, his staff issued a stream of conflicting statements: Sanford was working on projects; he was clearing his head; they knew where he was; they didn't know where he was; they had talked to him; they hadn't talked to him.
On Monday night, his staff finally gave a location, saying he was hiking somewhere on the Appalachian Trail. They fudged whether he had been in touch.

On Tuesday, they said he had called in and, surprised his absence was an issue, had decided to rush back from his hike.
Sanford apologized to his staff for "creating a fiction with regard to where I was going."

From SC to Argentina? That is one heck of a booty call...

June 24th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Family Values (http://republicansforfamilyvalues.com/about/)

June 24th, 2009, 04:26 PM
OMG... watch the press conference, WHAT a nut case.


In the meantime: from an article in the NYTimes about my man Berlusconi's affair:

"In an exclusive interview to be published Wednesday in Chi magazine, which Mr. Berlusconi owns and which is Italy’s equivalent of People, he was asked if he had ever paid a woman “so she would be with him.”

“Naturally, no,” he responded. “I have never understood what satisfaction there is if not in the pleasure of conquest.”

June 24th, 2009, 09:50 PM
Did he write down any notes beforehand about what he was going to say in front of cameras? And was one of them, "I was crying in Argentina."

What a dumb schmuck. There's already Evita stuff at YouTube.

And who was that woman grinning in the background?

June 24th, 2009, 11:04 PM
So the cover story was, "I'm hiking on the Appalachian Trail."

On Naked Hiking Day. (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Nude-hikers-set-to-celebrate-Naked-Hiking-Day-tomorrow/479190)

Watch out for ticks, gov.

June 25th, 2009, 12:37 AM
“Naturally, no,” he responded. “I have never understood what satisfaction there is if not in the pleasure of conquest.”
LMAO. Geez, what a pathetic old liar Berluscandal is! He's well known to give envelopes of cash, often with butterfly motif jewelry as gifts to the lovely ladies that are procured for him...plus whatever else is needed to convince pretty young things to sleep with his orange butt.:rolleyes:
The guy is such an embarrassment.

June 25th, 2009, 12:39 AM
The story of hiking the Appalachian Trail is hilarious...I wonder how hard his staff members were laughing when someone thought of that one.:D

June 25th, 2009, 07:36 AM
Geez, what a pathetic old liar Berluscandal is! He's well known to give envelopes of cash, often with butterfly motif jewelry as gifts to the lovely ladies that are procured for him...plus whatever else is needed to convince pretty young things to sleep with his orange butt.:rolleyes:
The guy is such an embarrassment.

Mistresses, protitutes etc. + politians is no embarrasement for Italians (or the French for that matter). Berlusconi is certainly pushing it ... but the average Italian cares little about it.

The Mark Sanford issue is offensive to me only because the GOP plays up the "family values" bull crap... and being AWOL for a few days is truly out of line. And the bizarre press conference can only raise questions about his judgment.

But IMHO having an affair is nobody's business but his own.

June 25th, 2009, 09:08 AM
Maybe in some other states, but I don't think this guy is going to survive in South Carolina.

June 25th, 2009, 10:27 AM
I wonder how hard his staff members were...


June 25th, 2009, 10:32 AM
I do agree, in a way Fab. I think the biggest fault was going AWOL and lying about the whole thnig, THEN trying to gain people's sympathy by saying he was crying every day.

What, between romp sessions you were all feklempt? Poor baby, here's a tissue.

As for the whole topic of fidelity, that is a hard one (pun) in that these guys are generally no t know for their fealty anyway. Many of the women they marry are not interested in them as loyal partners, but as ways to elevate their own social and financial standing.

I think the one that should be most ashamed is that girls Father. It is one thnig to find someone you think is a good person, or just plain attractive, but she was just F'ing a president, not anything more. It kind of shows how shallow and self centered she, and her friends, really are.

But is may also be testament to their tolerance and fortitude!!!!! ;)

June 25th, 2009, 10:53 AM
Why do these guys feel the need to public announce they had an affair. It should be released in a statement and no more. I dont need to see some guy blubbering about it.

June 25th, 2009, 11:04 AM
Berlusconi is certainly pushing it ... but the average Italian cares little about it.

The Mark Sanford issue is offensive to me only because the GOP plays up the "family values" bull crap

-Reality check-
"Berlusconi was elected last year with a strong Catholic vote as his centre right coalition promotes family values and backs the teachings of the Catholic Church. "


June 25th, 2009, 11:05 AM
The problem isn't (or shouldn't be) extramarital affairs. The accusation of lying is especially ridiculous, because that's what an affair is all about. You're lying.

The problem is interference with your responsibilities as an elected official. The Sen Ensign situation is more clear-cut. It involved hiring people (a son of the mistress was given a campaign job), and possibly extortion.

This guy Sanford wasn't (and still isn't) thinking clearly. Did he actually think that a governor could maintain a relationship with someone in South America? What a dope.

I don't remember him specifically, but he was a House rep during Clinton-Lewinsky, and stated that Clinton should resign. Another nail.

June 25th, 2009, 11:20 AM
Midtown: this is Italy. Of course Berlusconi won by a strong Catholic vote... about 90% of the country is Catholic. No one, but no one, cares about politicians and family values. Italians are a cyncal people, certainly not expecting sexual morality from politicians. And few follow the social teachings of the Church (although most have a love and respect for it). It is at once a very Catholic country and a very secular country. Berlusconi is fooling no one and most importantly: letting no one down by paying prostitutes.

The best explanation of this Italian circus/charade can be found here in this NYTimes article... very well written... right on the money:



June 25th, 2009, 11:29 AM
What you said was that Sanford played up the values thing, and that's why it offended you. Well, Berlusconi and his party play up family values too.

June 25th, 2009, 11:36 AM
If they do then please tell us why Berlusconi (in his own magazine) said when asked about paying woment for sex: “Naturally, no,” he responded. “I have never understood what satisfaction there is if not in the pleasure of conquest.”

He did not respond with indignation. He did not moralize.

No one here would accept that.

June 25th, 2009, 11:45 AM
He said naturally no. Why not just tell the truth, since you say "No one, but no one, cares" anyway.

Indignation? Of course he isn't going to get up there and look angry, he kept his cool and supplied a calm denial. He's an ass but he isn't stupid.
He moralizes plenty, and that is why I said "Berlusconi and his party play up family values too."

June 25th, 2009, 11:53 AM
But he is admitting he is a womanizer... do you see the difference? Would Sanford have done the same? And Berlusconi is NOT repenting.

Also if you are talking about the "pleasure of conquest"... well that would also include gifts.... please reread the quote.

I'm sorry Midtown but really... I don't think you are getting it. Please take the time to read the article I posted.

I can certainly understand not liking Berlusconi... no argument there. But try to understand the culture here. again let me repeat:

"Mistresses, protitutes etc. + politians is no embarrasement for Italians (or the French for that matter). Berlusconi is certainly pushing it ... but the average Italian cares little about it. "

That is the way it is. Berlusconi, the right, the left... they ALL may "play to family values" but at the same time: they don't.

This is a generally a corrupt, cynical country. Sexual scandals just don't make a dent and have not affected Berlusconi's popularity.. or the popularity of other polititians in even worse situations here.

Also: I am not saying the way here is better: holding an elected office to certain moral standards is actually noble and perhaps a good litmus test ... but it is a way that would not work here.


June 25th, 2009, 12:04 PM
PMs also function on the world stage. Berlusconi isn't some obscure local politician.

Regardless of what the majority of Italians think, the image projected is that Italy should not be taken seriously. A disservice to his constituents, I think.

Italy is a member of the EU, and G8.


June 25th, 2009, 12:11 PM
Berlusconi is fooling no one and most importantly: letting no one down by paying prostitutes.

So I guess the difference is, if you schtup a 17 year old, and invite her friends over to be schtupp'd by other politicians and give her presents like a $10K necklace, it isn't prostitution.

But if you give her $10K in cash.......... :rolleyes:

June 25th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Oh, I get it. I did read the article and found it very accurate.
What you don't get is why your statement was questioned.

The Mark Sanford issue is offensive to me only because the GOP plays up the "family values" bull crap...

That is the way it is. Berlusconi, the right, the left... they ALL may "play to family values" but at the same time: they don't.

My point is, you said it was "offensive" in the case of Sanford since he plays up the family values. Then above you eventually admit that Berlusconi does too. So why find one offensive and not the other?

June 25th, 2009, 12:26 PM
Moderator note:

Schtup: "To have sex with." Yiddish in origin. Somewhat related to schmuck.

June 25th, 2009, 12:28 PM
The Italians play to family values as jesters... neither taking themselves seriously or taken seriously by others.

And that is the difference.

As the article states (and as I have tries to explain numerous times here): "Italy is deeply confusing for Americans..." and "In the topsy-turvy logic of Italy"

Zip: yes and that well could be his downfall: not maintaining the "bella figura" among the European neighbors... but even that will only go so far, other European countries have their problems and scandals and so forth. And we had months of hearing about a cum stained dress kept in a freezer a few years ago.

As we say in Italian: "tutto il mondo e' paese"


June 25th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Oh Lord, there he goes again.:rolleyes:

June 25th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Moderator note:

Schtup: "To have sex with." Yiddish in origin. Somewhat related to schmuck.

Vhat? You have a problem vit dat? Oi!


June 25th, 2009, 02:20 PM
s the article states (and as I have tries to explain numerous times here): "Italy is deeply confusing for Americans..." and "In the topsy-turvy logic of Italy"

I find that very ironic, seeing how"logic" is not confusing at all.

Emotional validation and delineation is what is confusing. The Italians do not feel that this is a bad thing. They know it is, but just do not care.

That ain't logic.

I guess the only other thing that is probably not in the Italian lexicon is "practice what you preach", alowing politicians to make rules by which the Italian populace has to abide by, while at the same time selectively ignoring some of them themselves.


It is not confusing at all to me that people can do this, they do it with many other things, and was the staple of 1984 (doublespeak). It is a little disheartening though to see that it does not matter to the Italian people that a leader that expouses "family values" likes (post) teenage girls and cheats openly on his wife.

If he did not stand for those values, I am in agreeance with the Italians. Liking attractive younger women does not mean he can't schmooze with other politicians, or in other cases, pass legislation that will aid the country.

And although I think his comment was rather crass, I think it was right on the money. The love of the.......hunt. ;)

The fact that people draw such a solid line between boinking for money and boinking for gifts not promised at the start (or given w/o explicit requirements thereof) is rediculous.

But, then again, the whole issue of prostitution is a weird one as well. Not to get TOO far off topic, I am one that believes that prostitution in and of itself is not a horrible thing, but how it is done, and what people can get away with because of its inherent illegality (what is the word for that?) is horrible.

I am not looking for the state-run whore house, but don't you think we could keep money out of the wrong (pipm's) hands and stem the transmission of many a VD if we actually legalized, regulated AND taxed prostitution?

It would certainly make a few peoples resume's a bit more interesting.

June 25th, 2009, 03:14 PM
^ Ninja: note that author calls it "topsy-turvy logic"... and as you said "That ain't logic." indeed: it ain't logic.

I think what you learn is that different countries have different ways of dealing with sex, with infedelity... with politics. If your country's roots are calvinist anglo-saxon heritage, then you might face these issues differently than we will. The US... the UK... have grand ideals. We don't.

You know what most Italians first feel when they hear of Berlusconi and the young women, the money, the parties?



June 25th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Actually, it is not just Italians.

The thing that makes cultures different about a lot of thnigs are not the base emotions that are evoked by things, but the secondary ones that accompany them.

An evangelist will be aroused by something "inappropriate", but have been programed to reject it and therefore have feelings of hatred and rejection click on once the cognitive and subconcious reactions start flowing.

Most Americans would first feel jealous by such a display, but then have other feelings come in to modify and mollify that jealousy. Either moral outrage or grudging admiration, condemnation and disgust or innocuous tolerance.

Me, personally? I would love to be ABLE to do all of that. I have a bit of an envious part that wishes I COULD do that, but at the same time, when my gonads stop talking for the rest of me, I find it rather hollow and pointless.

I do not condemn Italy for their reaction to it, although I do hold them to their own PROCLAIMED convictions of "propriety" when they do not hold their leaders to the same standards they extoll.

I guess that is my only problem with him. Not that he does these things, or people seem to feel the need to coin oxymoronc statements like "Topsy-turvy Logic" (like heartless emotion), but that it has been happening SO LONG that the Italians just ACCEPT it as if it were tires on a car or squirrels on the lawn.

That willing blind spot just makes me dissapointed. All nations/people have them, some are just more defined and more easily seen than others.

February 20th, 2013, 05:30 PM
Well, the trailblazing ex-Governor of South Carolina is back.

As if the 113th Congress wasn't already a bag-o-mixed nuts, Mark Sanford is running for the open Congressional seat in next months special election.

A host of Republicans have entered the race. On the Democratic side, the nomination is all but wrapped up by Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Stephen Colbert's sister. He pronounces his surname Cole-bear, but she says Cole-burt.

It seems unlikely at this point, but if Sanford opposed Busch in the election, it should be good for a lot of laughs. Stephen Colbert once referred to him "as boring as a manila envelope glued to a beige wall."

On the subject of his sister's candidacy:
It doesn’t matter that my sister is intelligent, hard-working, compassionate and dedicated to the people of South Carolina. I will not be mentioning any of that on my show.

Away from his TV character, Colbert will be hosting fund-raisers.

I have a campaign song for Sanford. With apologies to Dale and Roy.


February 20th, 2013, 06:38 PM

March 4th, 2013, 07:56 PM
A link to a lengthy New York Magazine article follows, but this excerpt is what's in the news right now:

A former Lazard vice-president who gave up her banking career to raise a family, Jenny Sanford was a popular First Lady in South Carolina. Her political appeal deepened in the wake of her marriage’s implosion, as she became a Palmetto State version of Hillary Clinton, albeit one who did not stand by her man and did write a score-settling memoir. (A sample from Staying True: “Mark joined me at one Lamaze class before deeming it a waste of his time since, as he explained, ‘I’ve spent many long nights helping cows give birth and I know what to do when the baby gets stuck.’ ”) Although she’s never held elected office, Jenny had been included on Haley’s short list of potential DeMint replacements. When she didn’t get the appointment, people immediately began mentioning her as a possible candidate for the newly open congressional seat. As an heiress to a power-tool fortune, she would even be able to self-finance. There was the distinct prospect of a “Sanford vs. Sanford” campaign.

Since their divorce, the Sanfords have barely been on speaking terms; when they do talk, it’s usually about the boys. But Mark went to meet with Jenny at her house this past December to discuss the congressional race. As he later explained it to reporters, he wanted to be magnanimous. “I sat down with her on the porch,” he told one, “and said, ‘If you have any thoughts about running for this, then I’m out, because I can’t think of anything more disastrous than for a husband and wife to run against each other.” He explained that it was only after he’d ascertained that Jenny wasn’t going to run that he decided to proceed with his campaign.

But Mark wanted more than just his ex-wife’s disavowal of interest. When he first ran for Congress in 1994, he installed Jenny as his campaign manager. He did this for reasons of economy—“You’re free,” he told her at the time—but she proved a natural at the job. She blossomed into a shrewd political strategist, running Mark’s subsequent campaigns and becoming his top adviser. Will Folks, a former Sanford press secretary, says, “There’s absolutely no way he would have ever won the congressional seat or been governor without her.”

According to Jenny, she had already told Mark she would be taking a pass on the race the day before, at the funeral of a mutual friend. So when Mark came to visit her, he arrived with a proposal. “Since you’re not running, I want to know if you’ll run my campaign,” he said. “We could put the team back together.”

Jenny told him, in so many words, that wasn’t going to happen. Mark made one last appeal.

“I could pay you this time,” he said.

Back on the Trail (http://nymag.com/news/features/mark-sanford-2013-3/)

March 4th, 2013, 08:29 PM
What a clueless douche. He'll fit right in.

April 16th, 2013, 11:55 PM
Creepy Mark Sanford is at it again, lurking around his ex-wife's home with a cellphone flashlight. He'll fit right in our 113th Congress.

Mark Sanford Trespassed At Jenny Sanford's Home: Lawyer

By BRUCE SMITH 04/16/13

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford must appear in court two days after running for a vacant congressional seat to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home, according to court documents acquired by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cell phone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed the complaint the next day and Jenny Sanford confirmed Tuesday the documents are authentic.

The couple's 2010 divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission. Mark Sanford lives about a 20-minute drive away in downtown Charleston.

Republican Mark Sanford is trying to revive his political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair that ended the couple's marriage. He faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch on May 7 as he tries to regain the 1st District congressional seat he held for three terms in the 1990s.

Spokesman Joel Sawyer said the Sanford campaign had no immediate comment on the court documents.

The complaint filed by Jenny Sanford's lawyer, Deena Smith McRackan, said that Mark Sanford has "entered into a pattern of entering onto plaintiff's property. Plaintiff has informed defendant on a number of occasions that this behavior is in violation of the court's order and has demanded that it not occur again."

In Febuary of 2011, McRackan sent a letter to Mark Sanford telling him not to trespass on Jenny Sanford's property. A copy of that letter was also sent to the local police, according to court filings.

Jenny Sanford said Tuesday that she has custody of the couple's four boys.

She said the complaint has nothing to do with her former husband's efforts to rebuild his career in politics. She said it was filed with the court the day after the incident and when a family court judge last month set the case for the docket, it happened to be two days after the election.

"I am doing my best not to get in the way of his race," Jenny Sanford told the AP. "I want him to sink or swim on his own. For the sake of my children I'm trying my best not to get in the way, but he makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing."

Sanford is trying to make a comeback after his political career was sidelined in 2009 after confessing an extramarital affair. As a sitting governor, he disappeared from the state for five days only to return and confess to an affair with an Argentine woman, Maria Chapur. He and Jenny Sanford soon divorced and he is now engaged to Chapur who lives in Argentina.

A spokesman for Colbert Busch said that the campaign had no comment on the dispute between the Sanfords.

In December of 2011, there was another complaint against Mark Sanford brought by Jenny Sanford saying he had not made the $5,000 yearly contribution for one of their son's college education. Jenny Sanford said Tuesday that the matter has been resolved but would not comment further.

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April 17th, 2013, 09:28 AM
This stalker-douchebag is going to get elected to Congress. And we wonder why congress is so incompetent and creepy.

April 18th, 2013, 02:00 PM
The Republican Party is abandoning him. He's toast.

April 18th, 2013, 02:52 PM
I heard about this last night, laughed out loud, but forgot to post.

Sanford explained that he used his wife's beach home to watch the Super Bowl with his son. What, he doesn't have a TV?

His ex-wife said "there was a pattern" of him trespassing on her property. The last straw of his weirdness may have been on April 2, at a celebration of his winning the nomination. He brought his two sons on stage in the presence of the Appalachian Trail woman from Argentina. It was the first time that one of his sons had met the woman at the center of this parents' divorce. He's the one in the light blue shirt.


What a clod.

April 18th, 2013, 03:27 PM
Total idiot. That kid is gonna have some issues.

April 18th, 2013, 04:37 PM
This a$$hole professes to be a Christian. It boggles the mind.

April 22nd, 2013, 11:28 PM
News Flash

Man Hammers Last Nail in Own Coffin

Mark Sanford took out a full page newspaper ad to explain that his violation of the terms of his divorce settlement was just a big misunderstanding.


He starts out with, "It's been a rough week," making no mention of the Boston Marathon bombing or the Texas plant explosion.

He says, "Jenny and I have both agreed that our efforts at raising our four boys are best considered and weighed privately, rather than over the airwaves,” but I guess he doesn't see any problem with having his son meet his girl friend for the first time on a campaign stage.

There's a lot of meandering blah-blah, capped off by the final paragraph:

The election is in two weeks on May 7th, so there is little time. I leave you with one last thought. In March of 1863, there was similarly little time. A South Carolinian by the name of William Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword and simply asked those who would stay and fight, to cross it. His efforts, and that of those who died with him there at the Alamo, ultimately inspired Texans to come to the aid of their brethren and defeat Santa Anna’s army though they were outnumbered at the onset by six to one. I’m outnumbered right now, but will fight to the end toward freedom and financial sanity in Washington so important to sustaining it. I’d ask you to cross the line and fight with me.

William Travis fought in the war of independence between Texas and Mexico in 1836. You would think that a governor of South Carolina might know that March 1863 was four months before the Battle of Gettysburg. Travis was born in South Carolina, but raised in Alabama, and is probably best known as a Texan.

Anyway, what does this have to do with his campaign. So that's the last thought Sanford would like to leave in voters' heads - Remember the Alamo.

In a conservative leaning congressional district, Colber-Busch is now leading Sanford 50% to 41%

April 23rd, 2013, 12:11 AM
I realize he is a clueless asshole, but who does he have advising him, other clueless assholes?

April 23rd, 2013, 12:52 AM
Lots of supporters are going to want their money back.

April 23rd, 2013, 02:39 PM
It is bad when you issue a full page ad mentioning historical references and you do not spend 15 minuted Googling it to make sure you got the dates right. :P

April 23rd, 2013, 03:57 PM
Why is he sitting on a log?

April 23rd, 2013, 04:27 PM
Why is he covering his crotch?

April 23rd, 2013, 04:28 PM
Oh no, he's enjoying this.

April 23rd, 2013, 04:44 PM
Fun to watch a self-righteous idiot self destruct.

Romney won South Caroline by 10 points. Sanford is now down by 9 (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/elizabeth-colbert-busch-leads-mark-sanford-south-carolina-special-election-race-poll-article-1.1324968) to newcomer Colbert ...

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch leads Republican Mark Sanford in South Carolina special election race: poll

Colbert Busch is showing that she is no joke as a politician — and Sanford is finding the race is no walk along the Appalachian Trail.

April 24th, 2013, 12:30 PM
Why is he sitting on a log?

In a bog?

April 24th, 2013, 12:59 PM
In a bog?

More of a fog he's in I think.

April 25th, 2013, 10:20 AM
More GOP weirdness:

Adam Savader

A former intern for the 2012 Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign was charged with cyberstalking young women and blackmailing them into sending nude photos in federal court on Tuesday.

Adam Savader, a 21-year-old from Great Neck, N.Y., obtained nude photos of 15 different women and threatened to publish the photos unless the women sent him even more naked pictures, according to a criminal complaint. Some of the victims were Savader’s high school and college classmates.

My friend Chris Moody immediately found the weirdest angle on this story. In his capacity in Newtworld, Savader occasionally was tasked with dressing as "Ellis the Elephant," the hero of Callista Gingrich children's books. I've got a less weird, possibly more revealing angle: Savader is/was one of those young D.C. go-getters—there are legions—who made sure to get photographed with as many famous people as possible. His Facebook ego wall is a marvel—all of the following photos are from there, with captions written by the man himself, from 2010 through 2013.

http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/weigel/2013/04/24/adam_savader_part_time_accused_online_stalker_full _time_photobomber/137419304.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-large.jpg

Yes, there's junk in the trunk


http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/04/24/adam_savader_part_time_accused_online_stalker_full _time_photobomber.html

The Facebook photos are hilarious. My fave:


April 25th, 2013, 12:45 PM
For way too many who engage in politics, it's all about Self Interest + Ego. The Interests of the People are way down on their list.

April 26th, 2013, 10:45 AM
And the GOP hits just keep on coming ....

April 26th, 2013, 11:15 AM
Mark Sanford wins debate with a cardboard poster.


The camera should be behind him, facing the crowd; although it doesn't sound like there's much of an audience.

Too bad the election date is so close. So much comedy; so little time.

April 26th, 2013, 03:47 PM
Mark Sanford wins debate with a cardboard poster.

... but he lost the subsequent personality contest.

April 26th, 2013, 03:48 PM
America's sweethearts

She looks like a vampire, and he looks like .... well, someone who would blackmail women with nude photos.


April 30th, 2013, 09:05 PM
Larry Flynt Endorses Mark Sanford

Sort of.

I guess.

I’m endorsing Mark Sanford for U.S. Congress because no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today. Mark Sanford has demonstrated by his words and deeds that traditional values are shameful and that he will not live by such rules. His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support.

I am willing to step in and stand erect for Mark Sanford.

My endorsement has not been an easy decision for me. Even though Mark Sanford has emerged as the leader against sexual hypocrisy in American politics, he is a liar. He lied to his gubernatorial staff. He lied to his wife. He lied to his children. He lied to the people of South Carolina and to the press. Despite his journey down this Appalachian Trail of deceit, I support him not for his character, but for exposing the hypocrisy of traditional values. The liar has exposed the greater lie.

April 30th, 2013, 09:45 PM
I am willing to step in and stand erect for Mark Sanford.

Everyone should stand erect for a 'Richard' like Sanford.

May 1st, 2013, 05:02 PM
This thread has.....legs.

May 7th, 2013, 10:34 PM
South Carolina ex-governor Sanford makes comeback to win House seathttp://s1.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20130508&t=2&i=729617008&w=250&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=CBRE9461C3Z00
10:13pm EDT
By Harriet McLeod (http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&n=Harriet.McLeod)
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican former Governor Mark Sanford made a stunning political comeback on Tuesday, rebounding from a sex scandal to beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a personality-driven election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that put a national spotlight on South Carolina.
Sanford regained the First Congressional District seat he held from 1995 to 2001 before serving two terms as governor, the second of which was marred when he tried to hide an affair by saying falsely that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
He earned 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Colbert Busch, a businesswoman and first-time candidate whose brother is television satirist Stephen Colbert.
"I've talked a lot about grace over the course of this campaign. I get it in a way that I never have before," Sanford told cheering supporters in Mount Pleasant.
"I just want to acknowledge a God not just of second chances, but third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth chances," he said.
The election, which garnered broad attention thanks to the colorful candidates, was held to fill the seat vacated by Republican Tim Scott when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Nikki Haley in December.
Sanford, 52, had trailed Colbert Busch by 9 points two weeks ago in a poll taken soon after revelations that his ex-wife had accused him of trespassing at her home. Sanford said he went there to watch the football Super Bowl with one of their four sons.
Sanford was also the subject of attack ads that accused him of deserting the state in 2009 when the then-married governor tried to hide a six-day visit with his mistress in Argentina by saying he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
He paid more than $70,000 in fines for ethics violations that included using public money for personal travel to Argentina. He was subsequently divorced and is now engaged to the other woman, Maria Belen Chapur, who attended his victory party.
No Democrat has represented the district since the early 1980s. The district includes the city of Charleston and parts of four rural counties and stretches south along the coast to wealthy Hilton Head Island.
Supporters and analysts credited Colbert Busch, 58, with running a good race that remained close until the end.
"Wow, we gave it a heck of a fight, didn't we?" a smiling Colbert Busch told her supporters at a hotel in Charleston.
(Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington.; Writing by Colleen Jenkins.; Editing by Paul Thomasch, Christopher Wilson and Cynthia Johnston)

May 9th, 2013, 01:09 PM
"Don't call it a comeback......."


May 9th, 2013, 01:23 PM
The BAD: Well, Sanford is back in government, and although the district is overwhelmingly GOP, they had a chance to nominate among several others

The GOOD: The national GOP has to contend with his presence; although with all their other moves, it's hard to figure out exactly how they want to re-image themselves. Maybe he's part of the brand.

And comedians will love him.

The UGLY: That's obvious.

May 9th, 2013, 11:12 PM
Now that the election is over I wonder if the "fiancee" will say "Adios" and head back to Argentina?

May 10th, 2013, 09:18 AM
I am completely disgusted by this.