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Breaking: Sanford wins South Carolina House vote, CNN projects



Even worse than it just plain sucks, the R's are sure to be insufferable about it.

(CNN) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford will win the race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects. With 70% of the vote in, Republican Sanford leads Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54%-45%.

Once considered a possible presidential candidate, Sanford left office at the end of his term having admitted to an extramarital affair and under a cloud of ethics violations. He represented the district for three terms before being elected governor.


What I will not write about today



Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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Dep't. of How Fitting: Online dating, extramarital affairs website features Mark Sanford as poster boy


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WCSC-TV has the best article ever about a dating service that has chosen Mark "Pretends Not To Hear Colbert-Busch’s Dig About His Affair During South Carolina Debate" Sanford to represent them.

But this isn't just any ordinary website. This one matchmakes (that is now a word) people who are on an infidelity hunt. They are featuring Mark Hiking the Appalachian Trail but Really with Argentine “Soul Mate” Sanford as their Very Special Poster Boy for an ad campaign to market their, erm, "products" to like-minded cheaters, just like Mark!


"Forgiving and forgetting" was never so much fun! But remember, don't tell the kids!

And how ironic that the billboard juxtaposes the word "use" right next to Sanford's gigantic lying mug, as in "Use Sanford"... just the way he used everyone in his life.

Here's what the service has posted on the front page of their site, in a very small, teeny tiny font:

Ashley Madison is the most famous name in infidelity and married dating. As seen on Hannity, Howard Stern, TIME, BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, Maxim, USA Today. Ashley Madison is the most recognized and reputable married dating company.Our Married Dating Services for Married individuals Work. Ashley Madison is the most successful website for finding an affair and cheating partners. Have an Affair today on Ashley Madison. Thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands signup everyday looking for an affair. ...

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It goes on from there. Please click over to read it all. As for Mark "How YOU doin'" Sanford, how's that God Forgives Me campaign workin' for ya?

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Video- Sanford Pretends Not To Hear Colbert-Busch’s Dig About His Affair During SC Debate & Full Debate


Haven't seen it yet, but Gotta said she decimated him. Via. Below is the complete debate if you have the time and the interest.


LIVE VIDEO FEED: Mark Sanford/Elizabeth Colbert-Busch debate 7 pm ET


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Broadcasting live with Ustream via SCETV

The debate should run about an hour and 15 minutes. If this feed fails, please go to CSPAN's here.


Debate will focus on taxes & federal spending, immigration, gun legislation, debt & deficit, foreign policy and other key issues in this special election to fill the seat left vacant when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate.

PANELISTS : Shawn Drury, SC Political Editor, Patch Ashley Byrd, News Director, S.C. Radio Network Brendan Clark, News Anchor, WCBD-TV NBC News 2

HOST: John Avlon, Sr. Columnist, Newsweek and the Daily Beast


VIDEO: ad blasts disgraced S. Carolina Congressional nominee Mark Sanford, who Colbert-Busch leads


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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

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.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran
Chairman, VoteVets

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.


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.