The picture at left is of a publicity stunt Mark Sanford set up when he was Governor of South Carolina. He brought in pigs to the Statehouse lobby to demonstrate a point about pork and one of them promptly defecated on the marble floor. He was roundly criticized from both sides of the aisle for this stunt.
I no longer live in South Carolina and I never lived in the First Congressional District. However, I do think it would be wise to point out some of the reasons Mark Sanford winning the runoff next Tuesday in the special election’s primary (his opponent is Curtis Bostic) would be a bad thing.
In 1995, Roll Call and other sources reported that during a dinner party at Sanford’s family “farm” (a plantation that has been used as a bed-and-breakfast before), that then- Congressman Sanford called the nearby Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station to request that flight operations be curtailed because the noise was disturbing a dinner party. In 2011, the Defense Department and Beaufort County bought this land to stop development from encroaching the areas around the base. This proves even further how ludicrous it was for the Sanford family to buy the land so close to the base and then complain about the jet noise.So much for supporting the military. I guess Sanford never would like a Jet Noise: The Sound of Freedom sticker despite his service in the Air Force Reserve.
Additionally, there were allegations about Sanford getting special treatment for a direct commission in the Air Force Reserve that he wouldn’t have otherwise been qualified for.
Sanford has dodged questions about his original term limits pledge when he was first elected to Congress. His three terms from that pledge are up.
Sanford’s dereliction of duty as Governor when he just disappeared and told his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail is the ultimate reason he doesn’t deserve another chance. His wife and children were home in South Carolina while he was visiting his mistress in Argentina, if you were living under a rock and hadn’t heard.
Ann Coulter summed it up nicely about Mark Sanford’s current bid for office:
The Republican Party owes Sanford nothing. He had a chance and he blew it. National Review wasted five years of cover stories on how awesome he was, but he never accomplished anything of substance.
He showed off about getting his hair done at Super Cuts, sleeping in his office in Congress and not turning on the air conditioning in the governor’s mansion. He wore the same pair of shoes for 30 years — they’ve been re-soled 70 times!
Big deal. He saved taxpayers $300 in petty cash, but he didn’t implement any lasting reforms.
The most memorable thing Sanford did in his entire life was to make himself a laughingstock as governor by running off with his Argentine honey and then going on TV to announce — in front of his wife and children — “I’ve fallen in love!”
Republicans need to be like Luca Brasi and tell Sanford: “You screwed up; we didn’t do anything to you. Have fun, I’m sure Maria’s fantastic, but you can’t run for Congress.”
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore for 8 years. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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