He's Back: Mark Sanford to Run for Congress
Could end up running against ex-wife
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2012 1:32 AM CST
In this Jan. 19, 2012, file photo, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford leaves a talk on federal fiscal policy at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.   (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

(Newser) – From the Appalachian Trail to Capitol Hill: With Rep. Tim Scott grabbing Jim DeMint's old Senate seat, there's a vacancy in South Carolina's congressional delegation—and a former governor wants in, CNN reports. Republican Mark Sanford, who was considered a presidential contender before his extramarital affair became national news, is "all but certain" to seek the seat he held in the 1990s, a former aide says.

Sanford's history of serving the state could help him in the likely March primary, and he still has $124,000 in his campaign coffers. But a majority of the state has an unfavorable opinion of him, according to polls. Things could get interesting, notes the Washington Post: It's possible Sanford's ex-wife, Jenny, could also be in the running.

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Dec 22, 2012 11:06 PM CST
Why are dirt bags the only people who run for office?
Dec 22, 2012 9:12 PM CST
PLEASE READ THIS my name is Jeffrey Zirlin and I am a history student at Yale. I would strongly caution the American people against going with their emotional,gut response on this issue. As the sovereign debt crisis begins(continues) to unfold the governments of the world will seek to tighten their grip on the people as their finances spiral out of control. Our government will be no different. Any debate on gun control that does not acknowledge that the 2nd amendment was put in the constituion MAINLY to instill a fear of the people in the government is flawed from the beginning. If the british had prohibited gun ownership among the colonists. NO REVOLUTION. Do you believe that our country's long streak of prosperity and relative freedom is a result of our governments decision to be nice to us? U.S. government officials are just as greedy and corrupt on the inside as any other government official on the planet. It is the checks on government ingrained in our constitution that has prevented them from committing atrocitites against us. I think it is a fair assumption that many of us, even democrats would agree that their is a great deal of corruption in our government already. Our republic seems to have degraded into a type of fascist state characterized by a disregard for what the american people truly wish. They entered costly wars in afghanistan and Iraq that have stolen from our childrens future(I'm 21 so technically my future). They instated the patriot act which is a violation of the ideals of freedom that this country was founded upon. They instated bank bailouts even when the American people vehemently opposed them. How much farther can this go? Unfortunately, it can go a lot farther if we give up our own true means of defense against government greed and corruption. Many of us have who have money to put away have gathered gold and silver in preparation of the huge inflation that will come about as a result of the collossal debt our government has accrued. If we have no guns, the government will have no qualms confiscating this gold and using it to repay its debt. this has happened before. FDR did it in 1932 despite the fact that the supreme court ruled it unconstitutional. To the democrats, I ask. What if Romney had been elected and he was even worse than you imagined? What if he ruled that gay marriage and gay sex were not only illegal but crimes punishable by death? Would you stand for it? Without guns we have no protection against the ascention of power of a true monster. Any sociopath can act like a nice guy trying to act in your ebst interests for a big enough reward. In a world that has produced a person as sick as Adam Lanza is it so ahrd to believe? I do not mean to patronize, only try to open eyes to both sides of this issue. Many of the conservatives who love guns are just rednecks who don't understand where the 2nd amendment is derived from. We may have to have a revolution someday in the future, the government should be afraid of us and listen to us so as to prevent this. Please contact me at jszirlin@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you. God less America.
Dec 22, 2012 1:51 AM CST
Totally agree with you, Buckshot.