National Republicans pulling plug on "trespasser" Mark Sanford's congressional campaign


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I was just writing a post on all the latest about Mark Sanford-- the  C-Streeter whose Appalachian Trail led him straight to political hell, who is now engaged to his Argentine “soul mate,” and who managed to avoid criminal charges following an ethics investigation--  when this popped up in my inbox:

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 campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Blindsided by news that Sanford's ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford's behalf ahead of the May 7 special election, according to two senior party officials who have been briefed on the decision.

"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 move comes hours after Tuesday night's report by the Associated Press that Sanford's ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, filed a court complaint accusing him of trespassing at her home in early February - which would be a violation of the terms of their divorce agreement.

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He tried to use the ol' Super Bowl defense. CNN:

"I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn't think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."

But then this nugget of information was revealed. CNN:

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has engaged in a "pattern" of trespassing on his ex-wife's property since their divorce and was even issued a warning about the matter by her attorney two years ago, according to court documents related to the incident.

So the NRCC has apparently had enough.

All together now: Awwww.