GOP Leaves Sanford Out to Dry


In the wake of allegations that he had illegally trespassed on his ex-wife’s property several times, the National Republican Campaign Committee has decided not to support him in his campaign to regain his old House seat. The punchline is that they’re pretending that it’s because he’s so good at politics:

National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid…

“Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman…

The NRCC has spent a nominal amount on the race on polling and other activities. But officials determined that devoting potentially millions more — which was under discussion — isn’t worth it.

“This is an unfortunate situation but this is what happens when candidates aren’t honest and withhold information,” said one GOP operative.

After he loses, he’ll have much more time to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Comments

  1. says

    ““Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman…”

    The campaign slogan:

    “Mark Sanford, good at spousal fidelity, more gooderer at electioneeringness!”

    or, maybe it’s just the GOP’s way of saying:

    “Mark, dude, take a hike–off a fucking cliff!”.

  2. slc1 says

    I wouldn’t be too sure that he is going to lose. That’s a pretty heavily Rethuglican district.

  3. D. C. Sessions says

    the National Republican Campaign Committee has decided not to support him in his campaign to regain his old House seat.

    Soft of like the way that the national Party pulled the plug on Todd Akin?

  4. Reginald Selkirk says

    Has anyone suggested that Jenny Sanford seek a “second amendment remedy” to the trespassing problem?

  5. birgerjohansson says

    “That’s a pretty heavily Rethuglican district.”

    Let’s pass a hat around to help sponsor some other conservative candidate to spoil Sanford’s chances. There must be some Tea Part guy out there who is convinced the GOP is infiltrated by muslims, or something.

  6. shouldbeworking says

    @7
    The problem is, that the rethuglican selected just might win. And he might think that Sanford was too easy on his ex wife. A man has needs.

  7. says

    “So they’ll give him cash instead of a check because thats harder to trace.”

    Isn’t that what all of the fundies and other KKKristian moralists already do with hookers, liquour stores and drug dealers? It’ll just be more expensive than your average 750 of Southern Comfort, meth or blowjob.

    “Let’s pass a hat around to help sponsor some other conservative candidate to spoil Sanford’s chances. There must be some Tea Part guy out there who is convinced the GOP is infiltrated by muslims, or something”

    Ya’think? That demographic is limited to about 50% of the registered voters down there.

  8. raven says

    Scott DesJarlais supported ex-wife’s abortions, slept with patients …
    www. timesfreepress. com › local/regional

    Nov 15, 2012 – Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to get two abortions … Tennessee Democrats understandably called for newly re-elected …

    Not seeing that Sanford’s bizarre behavior is any barrier to getting elected. The christofascists are all hypocrites and care a lot more about Sanford hating the right groups.

    DesJarlais of Tennessee pressured women into getting abortions, tramped around, violated enough medical ethics rules to lose his license in most states. And was reelected anyway.

    Georgia also elected Gingrich, a reptilian if there are any.

    For christofascists, it’s been clear for a long time that the “fascist” part is far more important than the “christ” part. As long as Sanford hates the right groups, most likely they aren’t going to much care what else he does or how often he gets arrested.

  9. rmsc says

    I believe he still has more money in his campaign fund that does Colbert-Busch. His biggest problem is even a lot of the right down here thinks he is nuts, even more now after the trespass was revealed. I don’t think he is going to get a huge turnout.

  10. Nemo says

    I’m reading that as “Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections, and this wasn’t fucking it.”

    @birgerjohansson, @shouldbeworking: The primaries are over. Sanford won there. He faces Stephen Colbert’s Democratic sister in the general. She’s been leading Sanford the whole way, AFAIK. (In what’s becoming a typical scenario, she polled worse against the Republican who came in second in their primary.)

  11. Reginald Selkirk says

    Mark Sanford takes out full-page ad to battle trespassing charges

    He suggested that the release of the trespassing complaints, which were sealed in court documents, had been politically motivated, noting “the unusual timing of supposedly sealed documents coming to light two weeks before an election.”

    Translation: “I didn’t think I would get caught.”

    Then he details his and his wife’s desire to protect their family.

    Your ex-wife wants to protect the family from you.

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