Mark Sanford wins House Seat in Special Election
Wonders never cease to amaze me. Republican Mark Sanford has won the House Seat in a special election against Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch who is a greenhorn in the political arena.
WASHINGTON — Disgraced ex-South Carolina governor Mark Sanford won his bid for redemption on Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch for his old seat in Congress.
Sanford, a Republican who admitted an extramarital affair in 2009, was ready to quit politics for good if he was not victorious in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. He will replace Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate.
The former governor — once a rising GOP star considered presidential material — was an early favorite in the Republican district, which Mitt Romney carried by 18 percentage points in the 2012 election. But the revelation that his ex-wife, Jenny, accused Sanford of trespassing at her home caused the National Republican Congressional Committee to withdraw its financial and logistical support and gave Colbert Busch an opening.
Sanford is due in court within the week over trespassing at his former wife’s home. So much for family values. Sanford, while pitiable, really left office in disgrace. Not only did he leave the country, he also left no way for anyone to get in touch with him while he was gallivanting back and forth to South America. Sanford lied to his wife and deserted his children at the time. Sanford failed to call his children on Father’s Day.
Before his fling, Sanford had been a family values politician. I am surprised the good people of South Carolina are willing to give him and his fiance another chance.