Is Mark Sanford Running For President?

I ask since Mark Sanford now has a gig on FAUX News, and is that not the way the GOP recruits presidential candidates?

Mark Sanford will be joining Fox News as a paid contributor, according to a New York Times report.

The ex-governor of South Carolina will feature prominently in the network’s January debate to be held in the Palmetto State, according to the Times, and will stay on through the general election and beyond.

Sanford famously told the press he was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009, but later admitted he was in Argentina with his mistress. Sanford was the Republican governor of South Carolina for eight years; his second term ended in January. He was also a three-term Congressman representing the state.

More Sex Affairs With South Carolina Politicians

The new Peyton Place.

What is going on with Republican politicians in South Carolina?

As everyone knows Governor Sanford had one huge scandalous affair which caused his wife to dump his butt on the curb through a divorce action.  For whatever reason the former Mrs. Sanford then endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley, who is now being ratted out for having an affair with a male staffer of Governor Sanford.  Haley is married and has two children.  It should be noted the additional irony to this is that Haley distanced herself from Sanford when his scandal broke wide open.

To top all this off would you believe that Sarah Palin, the princess of the right-wing, endorsed Haley for governor!

Oh, there is no shortage of ink for this story.

“Several years ago, prior to my marriage, I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki,” Folks wrote on his site, “It is what it is, and aside from the Haley family – Michael, Nikki, Rena and Nalin – I feel no need to apologize or explain myself to anyone. People are human. We make mistakes.” 

In a statement, Haley denied an improper relationship.

Staunch GOP Conservative Governor Sanford Spent Mother’s Day Weekend In Arms Of Lover

Last Sunday, for those who may have forgotten, was Mother’s Day. 

Where was the staunch moral-thumping Republican South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford? 

Would you think at least with his kids for a while, or maybe a phone call to his divorced wife to acknowledge the day?  Though Sanford and his wife were divorced in March following the sleazy affair that took him to international love nests, there is still a level of dignity that one should expect of an elected official.  While he has shown no respect for himself or his family, one would hope he might have a shred of respect for the people who elected him.


He was spending the weekend with his lover in an attempt to see if they could get their groove back.  I am sure the voters of South Carolina are pleased to know this past weekend their Governor was shacked up with the ‘other woman’ in an attempt to find out if they still had chemistry.

Need I say more about the morals of this politically conservative alley-cat? That the South Carolina State Legislature has so little concern about the image of the leader of their state and the message it sends, is almost as bad as the example of Sanford himself, the wayward father and now ex-husband.  One can only hope Sanford will soon also have the label of ‘ex-lover’ to add to his infamous titles.

Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday he spent last weekend in Florida with his Argentine lover, seeing if their relationship could be “restarted.”

Sanford discussed the trip – first reported Sunday by an anonymous e-mailer to the Gawker Web site – because he said he thought the public should know that he always was in contact with his office and that Florida law enforcement – not South Carolina-paid officers – provided his security.

Sanford did not name Maria Belen Chapur as the woman he saw in Florida. However, he left no doubt whom he was referring to.


Jenny Sanford Finds Self-Respect, Will Divorce Governor Mark Sanford

What took so long?

The Sanfords have been separated since shortly after he admitted the affair in a teary-eyed news conference. Although Ms. Sanford has been living at the family’s beach house on Sullivan’s Island, S.C., with her four sons, the Sanfords have said publicly that they hoped to salvage the marriage. Even Thursday, Mr. Sanford told the news media that he wanted to remain married.

In her court filing, Ms. Sanford cited adultery as the grounds for divorce, according to the document, which was posted by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. “The defendant has engaged in a sexual relationship with a woman other than the plaintiff,” the filing says. “The plaintiff has not condoned that relationship and is informed and believes that she is entitled to a divorce” from Mr. Sanford “on ground of adultery.” The filing said other matters, presumably including custody arrangements and money. would be resolved by agreement.

Governor Sanford issued a statement after her announcement saying that while divorce was not the course he would have hoped for or chosen, he nonetheless accepted full responsibility for the “moral failure” that led to it.

Gov. Mark Sanford Faces 37 Ethics Charges

How can this happen to a fine upstanding religious conservative?

The charges on the list include spending state money on business-class plane tickets, instead of flying coach; using state aircraft to attend political and personal events, like the birthday party of a campaign contributor; and using his campaign fund for noncampaign expenses, like a ticket to President Obama’s inauguration.

The list provides the first details of the accusations that the ethics commission will pursue after a wide-ranging review of Mr. Sanford’s travel and financial records, citing incidents from September 2005 to April 2009.

A separate impeachment resolution has been filed in the State Legislature, but the ethics commission and the legislative action so far have dealt with different accusations. The ethics commission reviewed charges of misuse of public resources, while the impeachment resolution deals with the governor’s secret trip to Argentina in June to visit a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

The 17-page document released Monday, which is similar to an indictment, lists 18 occasions when Mr. Sanford flew business class or first class when, it maintains, “no exigencies existed to justify an upgrade from coach,” as required by state law. All but two were international flights, but in one instance Mr. Sanford flew first class from Columbia, S.C., to nearby Atlanta.

There are nine counts alleging the misuse of state aircraft, which accuse Mr. Sanford of using government planes to travel to get a haircut, attend a son’s sporting event, participate in a book-signing, go to a birthday party and transport family members to the “soft” opening of the Hard Rock Park entertainment complex in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The remaining 10 counts charge Mr. Sanford with using money from the Sanford for Governor Campaign fund for personal or nonofficial expenses.

Mr. Sanford spent $864.90 to attend a Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami on Nov. 14, 2008, and “a hunting trip in Dublin, Ireland” on Nov. 16 and 17, 2008, the notice says. The expenditures listed in the 10 counts total $2,940.68.

A legislative committee will take up the impeachment resolution on Tuesday.

Gov. Mark Sandford Soaked Taxpayers So His Family Could Fly In State Planes

Uh-Oh.  Another fiscal conservative shows true colors.

Gov. Mark Sanford used state aircraft for personal and political trips, often bringing along his wife and children — contrary to state law regarding official use, an Associated Press investigation has found.

According to state budget law, “Any and all aircraft owned or operated by agencies of the State Government shall be used only for official business.”

Records reviewed by the AP show that since he took office in 2003, the two-term Republican has taken trips on state aircraft to his sons’ sporting events, hair and dentist appointments, political party gatherings and a birthday party for a campaign donor.

On March 10, 2006, a state plane was sent to pick up Sanford in Myrtle Beach and return him to Columbia, the state capital, at a cost of $1,265 — when his calendar showed his only appointment in Columbia was “personal time” at his favorite discount hair salon. He had flown to Myrtle Beach on a private plane and attended a county GOP event.

The trip home on the state aircraft took off at 1:50 p.m. and arrived in Columbia at 2:35 p.m., enabling the governor to keep his plans for a 3 p.m. haircut across town. There were no other appointments on his official schedule; the trip back to Columbia would have taken about three hours by car.

Also, on five of the last six Thanksgiving weekends, Sanford used a state plane to fly himself, his wife, Jenny, and their four sons from the family’s plantation in Beaufort County to Columbia for the state Christmas tree lighting. The cost for those flights alone: $5,536, including $2,869 for flying the plane empty to pick them up.

Gov. Mark Sanford In Deeply Personal Letter Knew Bad Days Were Coming

Well this should not have come as a shocker.  How did Mark Sanford think this was all going to resolve itself?  Did he really think this affair would stay under the radar?

Less than a month before he traveled to Argentina to see his mistress, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford predicted in a letter to his spiritual adviser that “public humiliation” would follow revelations of his shattered marriage.

In a letter to Warren “Cubby” Culbertson, who at the time was running a series of religious counseling sessions for couples at the governor’s mansion, the two-term Republican explained he was trying to head off a potential divorce from his wife, Jenny.

The message was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. Sanford’s affair became public in June, when he confessed it after disappearing on a secret trip to Argentina. He had told his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

“I simply beg for the chance to figure it ought (sic) privately, please beg her for just the first month after the kids get out of school and if I cant get this done then there will be plenty of time for public humiliation and showing the world I am the guy in the wrong,” Sanford wrote.

The governor worked on the letter on his state computer May 20, several weeks before Jenny Sanford moved with their four sons to the family’s coastal home.

“It’s a deeply personal letter and the governor has made no secret of the fact that he’s working very hard to try to repair his marriage,” Sawyer said.

The letter sheds light on the relationship between the governor and his wife in the five months between when she learned of his yearlong affair — from a letter to his mistress he had kept in his files — and the rest of the world found out.

Sanford and his wife have said they are trying to reconcile and the governor intends to stay in office. They are traveling in Europe with their four sons — one of three trips they have taken together since the governor confessed his affair publicly. Sawyer said they are expected to return next week.

In the note to Culbertson, Sanford refers to a “present entanglement” in his life and says his wife “grows more and more frustrated with my heart not being right and says simply that I am not trying.”

The governor does say he can feel his heart changing.

“The one part where my heart at this point is not where I wish it was is with Jenny. She is a great girl, great mom, great wife and best friend and I am committed to her in a commitment sense, but my heart is just not alive here as it ought to be,” he writes.

“I told her the other day I want to run toward her — not for the boys, or to avoid repercussion, but because my heart was right. I have got to get his figured out and am committed to doing so. Keep praying for me on this one.”

Fiscal Conservative Mark Sanford Went First Class On Taxpayer’s Dime To Visit Lover

Isn’t this ironic! 

Sanford, who once criticized other state officials for costly travel, charged the state more than $37,600 for one first-class and four business-class flights overseas since November 2005, expense records show. Other state employees flew in the back of the plane at a fraction of the price, according to the documents.

The Republican governor, who balked at taking federal stimulus money after arguing it was an unwise use of taxpayer funds, charged the state $8,687 for a Delta Airlines trip to Brazil last year that included a leg in business class, state expense records show.