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First on CNN: Mark Sanford plans to run for Congress
CNN Political Ticker ^ | 12/20/2012 | Peter Hamby

Posted on 12/20/2012 5:48:30 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is launching a political comeback that may begin within days.

Sanford is planning to run for the Congressional seat he held almost a decade ago, a Republican source familiar with his thinking told CNN late Thursday.

“He’s looking all but certain to do it,” said a former top aide to Sanford, who did not want to be identified while prematurely revealing the plans.

A formal announcement will come soon, the source said.

Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the United States Senate earlier this week by Gov. Nikki Haley.

Sanford’s first test, the Republican primary, is likely to happen in late March.

Under South Carolina law, the primary must take place 11 weeks after Scott officially resigns his House seat. He is expected to do so in early January.

A runoff election would take place two weeks after the primary, if no candidate receives a majority of votes, followed by a special election in May, a contest that will strongly favor the Republican nominee given the district’s GOP-friendly map.

Sanford, who resides in the Charleston area, represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001 and had a conservative, almost libertarian voting record, often taking lonely stands on the House floor alongside Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

After his three terms in the House, he ran successfully for governor twice and was eyeing a 2012 presidential bid before he notoriously embarked on an extramarital affair that derailed his national ambitions. He is now engaged to his Argentine fiancee.

Given the sprint-like nature of the special election, Sanford would immediately begin his campaign as a frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: congress; elizabethbusch; marksanford; southcarolina; stephencolbert
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1 posted on 12/20/2012 5:48:41 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not just no but hell no!!


2 posted on 12/20/2012 5:50:10 PM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: SeekAndFind

uh . . . no.


3 posted on 12/20/2012 5:50:50 PM PST by BipolarBob (I survived the Lindsay Lohan Bar, Grill and Fight Club.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

His adultery aside, how was he as governor?


4 posted on 12/20/2012 5:52:11 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: BipolarBob

His adultery aside, how was he as governor?


5 posted on 12/20/2012 5:53:03 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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6 posted on 12/20/2012 5:53:25 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?


7 posted on 12/20/2012 5:54:47 PM PST by littleharbour
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To: SeekAndFind

***Get A Real Job Alert***


8 posted on 12/20/2012 5:55:02 PM PST by samadams2000
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To: SeekAndFind
Year before the adultery I argued with others that he was a piece of crap before the adultery. I lived in South Carolina for most of his time as governor. The adultery didn't matter to me but his leaving the state for a week and being AWOL showed his piss poor judgment.
9 posted on 12/20/2012 5:58:43 PM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope as a Democrat.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 6:00:08 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

South Carolina needs a masochistic representative? It would be fun to run against him but beating on the mentally challenged get boring eventually.


11 posted on 12/20/2012 6:02:40 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: SeekAndFind

the guy is nuts


12 posted on 12/20/2012 6:03:14 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

OMG,I just realized this is The Hiker.

Yikes !

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13 posted on 12/20/2012 6:10:14 PM PST by Mears
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14 posted on 12/20/2012 6:20:27 PM PST by RPTMS
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His adultery aside, how was he as governor?

Unethical. He misled his aides as to his whereabouts and activities and was absent from duty on personal pursuit of pleasure. That is a termination offense.

15 posted on 12/20/2012 6:21:14 PM PST by BipolarBob (I survived the Lindsay Lohan Bar, Grill and Fight Club.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sanford was a true fiscal conservative and a fine governor—his philandering however, will scuttle any campaign he mounts as a Republican in a conservative district like the 1st.

Just too sordid and embarrassing.

He would make an excellent Blue Dog Democrat though.

16 posted on 12/20/2012 6:21:40 PM PST by Happy Rain (Which fires first? The gun or the 2nd Amendment haters?)
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To: SeekAndFind

In which country?


17 posted on 12/20/2012 6:22:37 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind

Run this pathetic abomination out of the country on a rail- why do jassacks like Sanderson, Spitzer, Weiner, etc., lack a “deep shame” gene?


18 posted on 12/20/2012 6:25:24 PM PST by 4buttons
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"why do jassacks like Sanderson (oops) Sanford"
19 posted on 12/20/2012 6:27:43 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Abbeville Conservative

I guess he can’t find a job in the real world.


20 posted on 12/20/2012 6:28:56 PM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( Boehner, our Vichy Speaker)
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