Mark Sanford

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Mark Sanford Splits With Former 'Soul Mate'

Ex-mistress Maria Belen Chapur is now ex-fiancee, too

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's latest Facebook post comes in at 2,346 words, which, for the record, is slightly longer than the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail. In it, the South Carolina congressman explains that he and fiancee Maria Belen Chapur of Argentina are splitting up, reports the Washington ... More »

What Is Spitzer Thinking?

Comptroller run could heal bruised ego: experts

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer is back on the political scene —just like Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner—and apparently tearing up over his past transgressions this morning on Morning Joe. Which makes Politico wonder: What makes these guys tick? The simple answer, from Washington insiders, is egomania. "The essential thing... More »

Mark Sanford: Past Is Past

'Is this Fox News or the National Enquirer?' he asks Chris Wallace

(Newser) - South Carolina's soon-to-be-congressman, Mark Sanford, hit Fox News Sunday this morning, telling Chris Wallace that "the past is the past" and that he's looking "forward to working with the Republican team," reports Politico . “You probably learn more from the valleys of life than you... More »

Another 'Win' for Sanford: No Court

Trespassing dispute settled between Mark and Jenny Sanford

(Newser) - Everything's just coming up roses for Mark Sanford. The newly (re)minted congressman will not have to spend his second day post-victory in court after all: He has settled with ex-wife Jenny Sanford over a trespassing complaint she filed after he entered her beach house without her consent ... so he... More »

How Sanford Pulled Off His Shock Victory

And what it means for the GOP ... and Anthony Weiner

(Newser) - Mark Sanford just pulled off a comeback that would make even Robert Downey Jr. envious—from disgrace and national laughing stock four years ago to winning back his former South Carolina House seat last night, despite pundits predicting a win for opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch. How did he do it... More »

Mark Sanford Defeats Colbert Busch

He wins special election in South Carolina for congressional seat

(Newser) - He's back: Mark Sanford defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch tonight in the special election for a congressional seat in South Carolina. The AP called the race with 71% of precincts reporting and Sanford drawing 54% of the vote. It's a huge comeback for the former governor and congressman—in... More »

Colbert Busch, Sanford Brawl in Feisty Debate

Ex-gov's affair gets a mention in verbal slugfest

(Newser) - Mark Sanford clashed with Elizabeth Colbert Busch last night in the pair's only debate in their race for a South Carolina congressional seat—and any hope the former governor may have had that his "Appalachian Trail" affair wouldn't be mentioned vanished 25 minutes into the slugfest. "... More »

Sanford Debates ... Cardboard Pelosi?

And publishes phone numbers without permission

(Newser) - Mark Sanford appears to be bent on digging himself ever deeper into the hole he's in : The latest headline-getting incident involving South Carolina's ex-governor has Sanford publishing the phone numbers of people who called him ... after he invited people to call him in a full-page newspaper ad. Here'... More »

Already Battered by GOP, Now Dems Hit at Sanford

New ad goes live today

(Newser) - The GOP has pulled the plug on support for Mark Sanford's campaign, but Democrats aren't holding back. They're spending $188,000 to air a new ad hitting Sanford for his "walk down the Appalachian Trail." It'll run in the Charleston and Savannah, Ga., markets... More »

Jenny Sanford Gets Even

Jason Zengerle sees her fingerprints all over trespassing leak

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford says she's not behind the leaked trespassing complaint against her ex-husband. "It was my understanding that they were to remain sealed," she said yesterday. And that may, technically, be true, writes Jason Zengerle at New York . But her fingerprints are still all over this. "... More »

National GOP Dumps Sanford

After new controversy, NRCC cuts off his money

(Newser) - It just keeps getting worse for Mark Sanford. In the wake of the bizarre revelation that his ex-wife has accused him of trespassing , the National Republican Congressional Council has pulled its support for his congressional campaign, reports the Hill . The move comes less than a month before the special election... More »

Sanford on Trespass: I Was Just Watching Super Bowl

He didn't want son to watch it alone, he says

(Newser) - Mark Sanford has an explanation for that whole trespassing complaint his ex-wife levied against him: He had to watch the big game with his son. It seems the incident took place Feb. 3, and as Sanford explains in a statement obtained by the Hill , "I did indeed watch the... More »

Ex-Wife Slaps Mark Sanford With Trespassing Complaint

Jenny Sanford not concerned whether complaint affects his election

(Newser) - Mark Sanford has got a date in court two days after his date with voters in May's special congressional election. The former South Carolina governor's ex-wife filed a trespassing complaint after allegedly catching Sanford leaving her home by the back door, using his phone for a flashlight, according... More »

Colbert Sister's Former Opponent Backs ... Sanford

Ben Frasier says Colbert Busch isn't conservative enough

(Newser) - Well, this can't feel great: The Democrat who opposed Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the primary for a vacant congressional seat has endorsed her Republican opponent, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Ben Frasier got only 4% of the vote last month against Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist... More »

Mark Sanford Ate Piglets From His Pork Protest

'Pork' and 'Barrel' used to fatten politician after all

(Newser) - Remember Pork and Barrel, the two piglets Mark Sanford brought to the South Carolina statehouse to protest pork barrel spending in 2004? Well, "unfortunately, they were barbecued," he told the groaning hosts at MSNBC's Morning Joe today when asked about the pigs' whereabouts, as picked up by... More »

GOP Quaking in Its Boots Over Sanford's Chances

Women dislike him, and he's playing defense already

(Newser) - Yesterday, Politico was calling Elizabeth Colbert Busch the underdog in South Carolina's special congressional election; today, the site seems to have changed its tune . It's reporting that Republicans are concerned Mark Sanford's candidacy could cost them a safe seat in a district Mitt Romney took by 18... More »

Mark Sanford Wins Runoff, Faces Colbert's Sister Next

They'll vie for congressional seat in South Carolina

(Newser) - Well, this could be fun. Mark Sanford has easily won the Republican runoff for a congressional seat in South Carolina, reports AP . Which means, of course, that the former governor and congressman will face Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of Stephen Colbert, in the general election five weeks from now. Sanford... More »

Colbert's Sister a Step Closer to House Seat

As Mark Sanford advances to runoff

(Newser) - Elizabeth Colbert Busch won the Democrats' special-election primary for South Carolina's 1st District yesterday, putting her one step closer to Congress. Brother Stephen Colbert's " Colbert Bump " or no, Roll Call says she "easily" beat opponent Ben Frasier, a "frequent candidate," winning 95%... More »

Colbert Breaks Character to Campaign for Sister

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is the first politician he's supported

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert—the person, not the Comedy Central character—hosted a fundraiser for sister Elizabeth Colbert-Busch , who is running for Congress in South Carolina, over the weekend. Mediaite spotted video from the otherwise "relatively private" bowling alley event, in which Colbert offered a touching introduction of the sister he... More »

Sanford Talks Mistress Scandal in New Ad, Sort Of

Says he's learned about 'God of second chances'

(Newser) - Mark Sanford doesn't shy away from the Argentina-mistress scandal that abruptly ended his tenure as governor of South Carolina in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race . After pointing out that he has a history of fighting government spending, he says he recently "experienced how... More »

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