Former Governor Mark Sanford was missing in action, and that crucial point has been missing from much of the analysis and coverage of the coming election. Desertion is at least as unethical as infidelity, and it is certainly more dangerous. As the ad points out:
"Mark Sanford abandoned his post."
"No one, not even law enforcement or the National Guard, could reach him."
"What are we supposed to do when we can't get in touch with the leader? You can't just walk away."
"If I had abandoned my post, I could be court-martialed."
Cheating on your spouse is one thing, irresponsibly abandoning your state and being completely unreachable is quite another.
All our posts about Mark Sanford can be found here, and there have been a ton of them.
Via an email from VoteVets.org:
You remember Mark Sanford? He's the former Governor of South Carolina who went missing for six days while he said he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail," when he really was on his now infamous personal trip to Argentina.
Well, after going into hiding for a few years, Sanford is now the Republican nominee in a Special Election for South Carolina's First Congressional District.
The election is in two weeks, and his opponent is Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch... Stephen Colbert's sister.
All caught up now?
We're running a hard-hitting ad holding Sanford accountable for abandoning his post while serving as Governor, and we need your help to expand our buy. With Colbert-Busch up two points in the polls, it could mean the difference between a big victory, or an agonizing defeat.
Watch the ad and contribute to VoteVets today.
This wouldn't be Mark Sanford's first term as a member of the House of Representatives.
Sanford served there before -- from 1995 to 2001 -- and was notorious for voting against a slew of bills important to veterans, including housing grants for homeless veterans, VA Appropriations Bills, and more.
We have a chance to stop him from returning, and we're going to take it. I hope you'll join us by watching the ad and contributing to VoteVets today.
We're one of the few organizations active in this race right now, so picking up a win would send a strong message about our effectiveness.
Thanks for standing with us in this fight.
Iraq War Veteran
Did I mention the new PPP poll?
PPP's newest poll on the special election in South Carolina finds Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch expanding her lead to 9 points over Mark Sanford at 50/41. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt polls at 3%.
Colbert Busch's lead is on the rise for several reasons. She has a 51/35 advantage with independents. She's winning over 19% of Republicans, while losing just 7% of Democrats. And it also seems that after last week's revelations about Sanford that a lot of GOP voters are planning to just stay at home- while the district supported Mitt Romney by 18 points last fall, those planning to turn out for the special election voted for him by only a 5 point spread. [...]
[I]t's interesting to note that there is some backlash against Republicans over last week's vote on background checks.
Those revelations were posted here: National Republicans pulling plug on “trespasser” Mark Sanford’s congressional campaign.
More poll details here.