Extramarital dating Web site runs billboard featuring Sanford

A billboard on Interstate 26 features former Gov. Mark Sanford. AshleyMadison.com is a Web site that connects people seeking extramarital affairs.

COLUMBIA — A Web site that connects people seeking casual and extramarital affairs started running a billboard this week that features the face of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.


The ad that went up Monday on Interstate 26 near Columbia features the Republican’s smiling face and the words, “Next time use ... AshleyMadison.com to find your ‘running mate.’”

AshleyMadison.com touts itself online as “the most famous name in infidelity and married dating.” Founder Noel Biderman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his Toronto-based company launched the ad to coincide with the former Republican governor’s campaign for the 1st Congressional District, saying that Sanford is a veritable poster child for his company’s premise.

“He represents what we have been articulating for the past decade, which is, what happens in someone’s personal life, that’s their personal choice – it doesn’t mean that they’re not able to govern,” Biderman said. “Just because they’re not capable of monogamy doesn’t mean that they’re not capable of leading.”

Voters will choose between Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a May 7 special election for the seat recently vacated by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Sanford admitted in 2009 to an affair with an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged. He has spoken of his missteps frequently, saying that he believes in “a God of second chances” and hopes voters do, too.

AshleyMadison.com, which has about 12 million U.S. users, used a photo of Sanford found on Wikipedia.org for the billboard. Biderman said he received no response from a text message sent to the candidate on Monday letting Sanford know about the ad.

The billboard, which is on the interstate about 25 miles south of Columbia, isn’t in the 1st District. But Biderman said other ads might pop up in days to come, declining to give details. Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said the Republican’s campaign was more focused on its election with Colbert Busch that is now just a week away.

A spokesman for Colbert Busch’s campaign didn’t immediately return a message.


CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mark Sanford picked up the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in his quest for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday, even as House Democrats launched another ad attacking the former governor’s personal indiscretions.

Paul, who has said he is considering a run for the White House, said Sanford has been an advocate for limited government and cutting spending.

“Mark has proven during his time in office that watching out for taxpayers and holding the line on spending are his top priorities,” Paul said in a statement a week before the special congressional election.

– Associated Press



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