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Ex-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to run for Congress

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Nearly four years after his affair with an Argentine woman was exposed, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford plans to announce his return to politics and run for his old congressional seat.

His spokesman Joel Sawyer confirmed to The Associated Press that the 52-year-old Sanford would announce his bid Wednesday. The ex-Republican governor said last month that reports he was planning a political comeback were accurate and he was in Charleston last week looking for office space for his campaign.

The National Review Online on Tuesday first reported the announcement.

Sanford’s old 1st District seat is open. Its former occupant, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint.

The two-term governor was seen as a possible contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination before he vanished from South Carolina for five days in 2009 to visit his mistress in Argentina. Reporters and others were told he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

When he returned, Sanford confessed the affair in a tearful Statehouse news conference. He later called Maria Belen Chapur his “soul mate” and the couple got engaged last summer.

The international affair ended any hopes Sanford had of running for president and destroyed his marriage, which ended in divorce from his wife, Jenny.

Jenny Sanford said Monday that, after considering the race, she will not seek the 1st District seat, saying being at home with her family was more important.

“The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under (House Speaker) John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn’t make sense to me,” she said.

As for her ex-husband, she said “he did a good job as congressman and he has as much right as anybody else to run for Congress, and we’ll see what happens.” But she added “my ex-husband’s going to have a number of questions to answer, and how he deals with them will make or break his campaign.”

Before leaving office, Sanford avoided impeachment but was censured by the Legislature over state travel expenses he used for the affair. He also had paid what is still the largest ethics fine ever in South Carolina at $70,000.

Sanford was elected to the 1st District seat in 1994 and served three terms before voters chose him as governor in 2002 and again in 2006. The district reaches south along the South Carolina coast from Charleston to the Georgia state line. Filing doesn’t open until Friday but another famous name got into the contest Tuesday.

Teddy Turner, the son of media magnate Ted Turner, announced he’s holding a reception Thursday to kick off his campaign for the GOP nomination.

“Spending in Washington has gotten way out of control with no real efforts to cut spending while thousands go without jobs. It’s frustrating and I believe I can bring fresh ideas to provide a path of creating jobs while fighting to control spending in Washington,” Turner said.

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KSL
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KSL 01/15/13 - 09:36 pm
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What is he thinking?

What is he thinking?

faithson
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faithson 01/15/13 - 09:46 pm
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No Shame...

One heck of an ego to leave your wife and 5 sons for a Brazilian beauty and think that type of character is what the voters of Charleston are all about.....

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/16/13 - 12:06 am
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Has He lost His mind?

Yeah, I think he has. He traded in a good wife for someone else and now he wants a public office. If he will betray his oath and vows to his wife of so many years how could you trust him to keep his promises to his constituents? Crazy, if you ask me!

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nanowerx 01/16/13 - 02:32 am
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Really?!

So what, we are just supposed to look the other way and pretend he didn't use taxpayer money to have a long, sordid affair with a prostitute? It's not even the affair that gets me riled up, that is a personal matter between him and his wife, but to use taxpayer money to fund it is what ruffles my feathers...that is simply inexcusable!

If SC voters even consider this then they deserve everything they get.

Techfan
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Techfan 01/16/13 - 05:22 am
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Elegir a Sanford para el

Elegir a Sanford para el Congreso Nacional de Argentina!

Techfan
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Techfan 01/16/13 - 06:28 am
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Did he perchance mention

Did he perchance mention whether, if elected, the thinking would be done by Big Mark, or Little Mark?

ColCo
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ColCo 01/16/13 - 07:16 am
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Sanford's announcement

I wonder if he'll stage his official announcement somewhere on the Appalachian Trail?

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GnipGnop 01/16/13 - 08:35 am
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Congress?

based on his personal life and the decisions he has made I would say he is a perfect candidate for the democratic presidential nomination.

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soapy_725 01/16/13 - 08:53 am
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He is a perfect fit for Washington
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Sad but true. Could not be trusted as a deacon in a local church, but he can run manage the country.

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 01/16/13 - 09:23 am
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GnipGnop

Blinders, blinders! Take your blinders off, and you will see he's a just Republican like a lot of his cronies.

faithson
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faithson 01/16/13 - 10:04 am
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all in all

I find the abandonment of his five sons, who will now grow up without their father's intimate influence to be the greatest consequence of his 'selfish' decision. anyone think he would put the people's interest above his own need only look to his treatment of his own son's.

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rmwhitley 01/16/13 - 10:06 am
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I liked
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Jenny Sandford better when she didn't say disparaging thins about John Boehner. I guess she thinks that idiot pelosi has some "novel" ideas.

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Humble Angela 01/16/13 - 10:25 am
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With morals like his, if he
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With morals like his, if he ran on the Democrat ticket, he would be a shoe in! The Democrats are well known for re-electing criminals, liars and cheats.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/16/13 - 12:31 pm
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I see by the thumbs that at
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I see by the thumbs that at least 2 people are in denial that the Democrats continually re-elect convicted criminals.

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Jane18 01/16/13 - 01:50 pm
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Want To Go To Washington!!

Come on Angela, you knew "who" would give you those thumbs down didn't you(even if they knew down deep it's a true fact)? I really hope S.C. shows Sanford the door...the NO door! And Little Teddy Turner..., hmmmm, got to do some thinking on this.

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ultrarnr 01/16/13 - 04:57 pm
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Newt
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Maybe he gets the Newt Gingrich award for hypocrisy.

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