May 8, 2013 By Jack Jodell.
Hypocrisy won big in South Carolina Tuesday night. There, 1st congressional district voters elected their recently disgraced former Republican Governor, Mark Sanford, to a term in Congress by a 9 point landslide. In a very heavily gerrymandered Republican district, Sanford easily captured the vacant House seat.
It didn’t matter that Sanford had left the governorship in disgrace only a few short years back. If you recall, he had been conducting an illicit affair with an Argentine mistress behind his wife’s back. It didn’t matter that he had been using taxpayer funds while in office to finance his trips to Argentina to see the little darling (who now, after his wife divorced him, is being paraded around as his new fiancee). It didn’t matter that Sanford had left his state unattended, or had lied to the press as to his whereabouts when he had left South Carolina for a romantic rendezvous in Argentina at taxpayer expense, or that he had even failed to tell his staff where he was going. No, this supposed fiscal conservative thought nothing at all about spending taxpayer money to support a wild weekend getaway for himself. It also didn’t matter that he had been brought up on charges of allegedly trespassing by his former wife.
Sanford campaigned like an old-time snake oil salesman. He told voters that it was “God’s grace” which was guiding him now, and he tried (successfully, as it turned out) to portray his opponent, the very able Elizabeth Colbert Busch, as a surrogate of Nancy Pelosi. His desire to now be viewed as a reformed, renewed, reborn Christian deserving of the voters’ trust should bear very close scrutiny, however. For Mark Sanford has never shown himself to be a friend of the poor, as Jesus was, nor has he ever shown himself to be the very model of honesty he now claims to be. More likely, he will join the prevalent Tea Party caucus in Washington and will obstruct and grandstand with all the rest of them.
Mark Sanford, neither the great family values man nor the strong fiscal conservative Republicans go ape over that he claims he is, will prove himself to be just another in a long line of very mediocre politicians from a very mediocre state!