Skip to comments.Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford
Posted on 04/17/2013 12:02:44 PM PDT by KantianBurke
National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanfords suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governors dramatic comeback bid.
Blindsided by news that Sanfords ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanfords behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.
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A few years ago he had a good shot at winning the GOP nomination for president and now he can not even get the support of his own party to win a House seat.
He is the GOP’s John Edwards.
Good for the GOP. Of course, his transgressions would be resume enhancers if he were a democrat. They would support him if he’d been caught on video having sex with a dead underage goat while accepting a bribe at midnight in the basement of the Chinese Embassy.
So a democrat will take the seat for a year and a half and then we take it back with a non-selfish, trying to get back into government candidate.
Now he finally has time to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Is there any way of putting in a substitute candidate at this point? Hell, even a pot smoking Libertarian who is with conservatives on 80% of other issues is better than a GOP version of John Edwards.
If he were a RAT he’d be a victim and a hero. That’s the difference between them and us.
You do realize that he won the GOP primary? What does that say about South Carolina Republicans?
Well....They got something right for once.
Another “safe” red seat thrown away because of a terminally flawed candidate...
This is the district that launched the career of Tim Scott - WTF happened to the voters down there?
He was the GOP nominee. That any better??
Can anyone vote in the primaries in SC? IOW, maybe REpubs didn’t nominate him.
we need ALL the pubs we can get, even the flawed ones....
funny how he was supported wildly here until his affair came up, then whammo, the holier than thou conservatives want him tarred and feathered....
we need him...we need him badly even with his sin....
we all sin in some way.....
So now Colbert’s sister will be in congress??? What the hell is it with these Al Franken types?
Well, I agree with your over all sentiment, the Pharisees are out - but there is no reason for him to run again this soon, and above and beyond his affair - the dude was just weird, and his behavoir bizarre - and he’s obviously selfish beyond even the normal politician....
In 2 years, I’m not sure a Republican will be able to win any race in any state. Now that Republicans have decided that the South is evil, why should people there keep voting for them?
They should have thought about that beforehand.
Bet his Argentinian “soulmate” leaves him now, she wanted to be a political wife.
We had not one but two chances to send this guy packing during the primaries. The people in my district FAILED to do so!
I seem to remember Sanford being trashed here before the affair. He was always a tepid conservative, but his wife told him what to do. Now that she is gone he is an out and out leftist. He needed his wife because he has an IQ of about 60 and he's a weirdo who doesn't know how to act like a human being.
Maybe his wife could run for the seat instead, wouldn’t that be delicious?
I meant, “ex-wife”.
It says South Carolina "values voters" in the 1st Congressional district are idiots. Sanford not only won the original primary, he went on to win the runoff. This is an R+11 bible belt(ish) district, and this is who they nominate. Can't blame the "establishment" for this one. The people in this district bought Sanford's redemption BS, and now we are likely to lose the seat - to Stephen Colbert's sister of all people.
Don’t fall for that. Republicans nominated him fair and square. I know many folks who are strong bible-believers, greatest generation folks, pro-military, pro-life and rinos who willing voted for him twice during the primaries. We’re getting exactly what we deserved.
It says people are idiots. Who knew?
You are dead right! It wasn’t the establishment or liberals crossing over who doomed this district. It was the “values voters” who voted for him twice already and put him in this position.
Sanford will pull a Charlie Crist or maybe an Arlen Specter. Stay tuned and get the pop corn.
It’s the first district in South Carolina. It’s a republican district. But when a loser chooses to be selfish and not remain in private life, and when the republican electorate vote for him because the establishment shores up his support, the democrat’s going to win. Then we throw that democrat out next November.
What IF he withdrew from the race and endorsed a write in candidate? I know he won’t do that because he is a selfish a**hole, but if he did, could the GOP keep the seat?
What are you talking about? When did the Republicans decided the "South is evil"?
This can not be blamed on the "establishment". It is not the fault of the national Republican party that the voters in this district, supposedly Southern values voters by the way, decided they wanted to give Mark "appalachian trail" Sanford another chance. For whatever reason, Republican/conservative primary voters are often just truly awful at picking strong candidates. You rarely see Democrats throw away seats like this, but Republicans of all ideological stripes seem to do it regularly.
“You do realize that he won the GOP primary? What does that say about South Carolina Republicans?”
The same result would happen in virtually every other Congressional District in the country. The candidate with the greatest “name ID” wins.
I think it’s this guy, Colberts sister, and the third party one is a Green Party guy.
I think Sanford might be just a wee crazy . . .
She should have ran last time. Maybe she'll run next time.
Hmmmmmm....there's some weirdness going on here.
Wow — they are right on the ball — and he didn’t even say the word “rape”.
Well, would you have voted for him in the primary? Apparently the Republicans in his district want(ed) him elected. My point is that the party has essentially (rightly) disowned him because of his behavior, whereas if he were a Democrat his party would (wrongly) support him.
All the left has to do is run the video of him crying when caught and talking about how much he loves the mistress and his ‘soul mate’.....over and over and over.
What does it say about the Republicrats that voted for McCain and Romney....the choices were bad and horrendous?
To bad , because Mark is a small govt conservative.
Oh. no! What will Mike Gallagher do? He’s been fawning and excusing for a month!
It says that they, too, have their share of low-information voters.
Actually I don't wonder, I've seen enough of life to know. Even if he marries his "fiancee," it won't be more than a couple of years before the bloom is off the rose. If he wins the congressional seat, maybe they'll stick it out a bit longer.
Wash Rince and Repeat Prebius needs to go. He’s worse than Michael Steel.