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National GOP abandons Mark Sanford
Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2013 | Aaron Blake and Karen Tumulty

Posted on 04/18/2013 9:51:28 AM PDT by JerseyanExile

Following revelations that his ex-wife accused him of trespassing on her property earlier this year, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) has lost the support of his national party.

The news comes as controversy continues to swirl around Sanford and his personal life — a process that began with his well-publicized 2009 affair but was inflamed, the Washington Post has learned, when one of the Sanfords’ sons met Mark Sanford’s former mistress for the first time the night he won the GOP nomination.

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday took the unusual step of telegraphing that it will not spend money on his special election campaign. “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,” the NRCC said in a statement, which was first reported by Politico.

The committee has spent very little on the race so far, but Sanford’s problems have put a conservative district in jeopardy for the Republicans. And the report Tuesday of the trespassing complaint seems to assure that he wouldn’t sail to victory.

A Republican familiar with the NRCC’s decision criticized Sanford’s lackluster response to the report about his ex-wife’s trespassing complaint and said it would be “foolish” for anybody to spend money on him.

“It’s not out of the realm of possibility for him to win – stranger things have happened in special elections,” the Republican said. “But the fact that he wasted precious time and money rehabilitating his image only to squander that makes it very foolish for outside groups to commit resources.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: elizabethbusch; gopprimary; marksanford; nrcc; rnc; sanford; sc2013; southcarolina; stephencolbert
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Well, he self-destructed with spectacular speed.
1 posted on 04/18/2013 9:51:28 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Very surprising that a capable candidate wasn’t available to take him out in the primary.


2 posted on 04/18/2013 9:54:00 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: JerseyanExile

Now, I’d like to know who financed this tool’s campaign. Can we please know?


3 posted on 04/18/2013 9:54:14 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: nascarnation

One was. I suspect dirty tricks. Please, someone find out who paid for Sanford’s campaign.


4 posted on 04/18/2013 9:55:22 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: JerseyanExile

“he self-destructed with spectacular speed”

Nonsense. He’ll still win.


5 posted on 04/18/2013 9:55:25 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: Mamzelle

Go to the state elections office online or the FEC and look for yourself. Don’t ask for something you can do yourself with relative ease. Are you a member of the dependent class? I don’t think so...hope not anyway.


6 posted on 04/18/2013 9:58:38 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: bigfootbob

Oh, go pound sand. Do you run around on FR and play thread nazi? I suspect that the Democrats maneuvered this primary, and they’re not likely to be obvious on a filing.


7 posted on 04/18/2013 10:01:40 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: JerseyanExile

The national GOP is still a bunch of amateurs. If they were on the ball, they would have found out about these issues and disclosed them during the primary. It really does amaze me how bad the national GOP is when it comes to spotting issues and getting on top of them for elections.


8 posted on 04/18/2013 10:03:16 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Mamzelle

Pound sand yourself, you lazy SOB. I just told you where you could find the information you WANT SOMEONE ELSE to provide you. You should be ashamed. Obviously you’re computer literate or you wouldn’t be here. Lazy you are...just like many here who are what I call CYBERCOWBABIES. Think pounding out a few pithy remarks or in your case begging for information rather than making things happen for yourself. You should be ashamed.


10 posted on 04/18/2013 10:06:08 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


11 posted on 04/18/2013 10:07:32 AM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: JerseyanExile

So, the GOPe is willing to forgive him for cheating on and very publicly humiliating his wife leading to his high-profile resignation as a Governor, but throws him overboard for an unproven charge of trespassing? Do I have that clear?

GOPe is assembling a circular firing squad. Again.


12 posted on 04/18/2013 10:08:28 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Pollster1
I doubt that, he'll marry her or he already would have. I kind of think he wants both his wife/family and his piece from South America. If you have read Jenny's autobio you'd know that he spent the last months of his marriage begging and demanding that his wife to give him permission to be unfaithful. This is a weird weird guy--we do not want him.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130418/PC16/130419202/1177/conservative-women-x2019-s-group-considers-anti-sanford-write-in

13 posted on 04/18/2013 10:08:48 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: JerseyanExile

He was promoted up with help from those who planned and hoped in the long run it would hurt the republicans. He should do the right thing and withdraw his name so we can replace him with another candidate.


14 posted on 04/18/2013 10:08:55 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: JerseyanExile

Well, he self-destructed with spectacular speed.
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You folks do know that the original linked article was from the Washington Post, don’t you? Yes, that Washington Post that is such a good friend of conservatives and Republicans. They couldn’t possibly be trying to promote a Republican defeat—could they? And, if they were trying to engineer such a Republican defeat in a special election they wouldn’t be able to find any Useful Idiots here on Free Republic, would they?

Seriously, I supported Bostic (small donation—I’m not in SC so couldn’t vote) in the Republican runoff. But, since Sanford won the run-off, I’ll support Sanford in the general election of this special election.

I didn’t think that Sanford would need any of my small financial help, but after seeing the Washington Post (along with some apparent members of the GOPe) get on the anti-Sanford warpath, I’ll have to reconsider that assumption and donate to the Sanford campaign. I hope that those of you who are not supporting the Democrat candidate will consider donating also to this non-GOPe conservative Republican.


15 posted on 04/18/2013 10:09:03 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: JerseyanExile

This guy is obviously guilty of serial poor judgement. Why pick him out of many other eligble candidates who have moral compasses to represent SC in the Congress? I don’t get it.


16 posted on 04/18/2013 10:09:31 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox; upchuck; visualops; TheStickman; 4everontheRight; Tatze; kjenerette; Van Jenerette; ..

Yikes... how likely is it that the democRAT (Stephen Colbert’s sister) will win this election?


17 posted on 04/18/2013 10:12:19 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: JerseyanExile

Looking through the comments I see a number of folks are interested in electing another Democrat to Congress—althought they’ll try to convince you their motives are pure. I know better and so should all true conservatives.


18 posted on 04/18/2013 10:13:03 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: JerseyanExile

Looking through the comments I see a number of folks are interested in electing another Democrat to Congress—althought they’ll try to convince you their motives are pure. I know better and so should all true conservatives.


19 posted on 04/18/2013 10:13:18 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: JerseyanExile

This guy is a walking disaster. His excuse for going into his wife’s house, he wanted to watch the Super Bowl with his 14 year old son. Why not call the son up ahead of time and bring him back to his own residence? Well that would avoid all the drama and Mark is all about the drama.

If he is such a devoted father he wouldn’t have skipped out of the country on Father’s Day 2009 to spend time with his mistress in South America.

And what a classy way to have his sons meet his former mistress/now fiancee. with the camera there to capture every uncomfortably moment for public viewing.

All I need to know about this creep is to listen to that impromptu press conference where he gushed over his mistress and their adolescent affair. He had all the emotion stability of an emo 14 year old who shows up the first day for all the Twilight movies and stalks Justin Bieber on Twitter.


20 posted on 04/18/2013 10:14:35 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Mamzelle

Good point. There are multiple news reports that they are engaged, but that is different from him intending to keep his word and marry her.


21 posted on 04/18/2013 10:14:55 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pollster1

Hi son... meet the woman I decided to destroy our family for.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 10:15:58 AM PDT by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: Pollster1

I think it was the idea of a mischievous Democrat that encouraged him to get back In The race. It wouldn’t have taken much encouragement for an obsessive narcissist like MS to play on his name recognition, maybe get a few dems to vote in our primary. Voila, Colbert gets a chance she wouldn’t have gotten with a untarnished conservative. And the SCGOP better watch out for outraged conservative women who don’t think that whoring around is cute


23 posted on 04/18/2013 10:16:08 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: House Atreides

Please check out my link above.


24 posted on 04/18/2013 10:17:18 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
The national GOP is still a bunch of amateurs. If they were on the ball, they would have found out about these issues and disclosed them during the primary. It really does amaze me how bad the national GOP is when it comes to spotting issues and getting on top of them for elections.

Wait, I thought folks didn't want the national GOP (aka: the GOPe) from getting involved in the primaries. Sanford was not the establishment candidate this go around. Mark "Appalachian Trail" Sanford is a selfish tool that fooled conservatives values voters in a southern, overwhelmingly Republican district to give him a second chance. LOTS of conservatives fell for this guy again - including people like Erick Erickson over at Red State who endorsed him.

For the national party it's damned if they do, damned if they don't. If they get involved, even to stop a ridiculous candidate like Christine O Donnell, the grass roots gets pissed. If they don't get involved and a bone head like Mark Sanford wins the nomination, people complain the national party didn't do anything and wonder why the RNC isn't as effective as the Democrats in terms of avoiding throwing away seats.

25 posted on 04/18/2013 10:17:24 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Pollster1

Are you sure that’s the mistress? That pic looks like SC Gov. Nikki Haley, but I could be wrong...


26 posted on 04/18/2013 10:20:27 AM PDT by TheBigB (Al Sharpton would scream racism at a bowl of Cheerios.)
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To: nutmeg
In my opinion, the race is a toss up at this point. If the Rats decide to go heavy on negative ads, Colbert's sister wins. If so, this district could remain Blue for quite a while as Charleston and Myrtle Beach are becoming demographically dysfunctional. More worrisome though is Tim Johnson's election bid for the Senate in 2014. Any serious challenge to Graham could suck money and enthusiasm from Johnson.
27 posted on 04/18/2013 10:21:34 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: House Atreides

You have the right attitude about this. Sanford my be awful and it’s really disappointing that primary voters in the 1st congressional district of South Carolina nominated him, but Mr. Appalachian Trail is still better than Stephen Colbert’s uber liberal sister. Sanford is our idiot now, and anyone in this district should vote for him come the general election. If we can hold this seat maybe South Carolinian’s can primary him next time and nominate someone who isn’t a lying jackass.


28 posted on 04/18/2013 10:21:35 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: nutmeg
In my opinion, the race is a toss up at this point. If the Rats decide to go heavy on negative ads, Colbert's sister wins. If so, this district could remain Blue for quite a while as Charleston and Myrtle Beach are becoming demographically dysfunctional. More worrisome though is Tim Johnson's election bid for the Senate in 2014. Any serious challenge to Graham could suck money and enthusiasm from Johnson.
29 posted on 04/18/2013 10:21:48 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: JerseyanExile

The effrontery of politicians like Sanford. Proven immoralists, vice addicts if you please,thinking so highly of themselves that no disgrace will move them to shut up. They must run and save us-nonsense!


30 posted on 04/18/2013 10:27:26 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Pollster1

I agree that she’s cute, but what does Governor Haley have to do with this???


31 posted on 04/18/2013 10:30:00 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: TheBigB
You're right - thank you for the correction!

I picked that pic because the woman looked so much prettier and classier than the other pictures of the mistress, and it was labeled as "mark+sanford+mistress+maria+argentina.jpg". Still, I should have noticed that the woman looked too familiar - I've worked with Nikki although not enough to recognize my mistake without warning.

The real mistress (sorry Gov. Haley!).

32 posted on 04/18/2013 10:31:38 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pollster1

What does Gov. Haley have to do with this?


33 posted on 04/18/2013 10:35:07 AM PDT by redk
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To: redk

Never mind I see now


34 posted on 04/18/2013 10:35:53 AM PDT by redk
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To: JerseyanExile

He needs to be flushed down the drain...


35 posted on 04/18/2013 10:37:59 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: JerseyanExile

Truly sad. Because he is a rock solid small government conservative that we NEED in Washington. I hope people will realize the alternative to Mark is unacceptable. Vote him out next cycle if you must but do not put Colbert in there.


36 posted on 04/18/2013 10:40:05 AM PDT by GamecockD
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To: Mamzelle

He’s being abandoned because he is a rock solid small govt conservative. I hope, people are smart enough not to put Colbert in there. Vote him out next cycle if you must but don’t elect Colbert.


37 posted on 04/18/2013 10:40:05 AM PDT by GamecockD
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To: bigfootbob

LOL...yeah but you are also being an arse about it. Although you did amuse me with your “grumpy old men” attitude, freep on.


38 posted on 04/18/2013 10:40:05 AM PDT by SSDecontrol
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Mamzelle

Evidence that Sanford is missing cards in his deck of 52.

Also evidence that Sanford has a self-destruction impulse.


39 posted on 04/18/2013 10:48:47 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

It’s because of name ID. People in SC probably had never heard of anyone else in the race but Sanford. Name ID means everything in SC.


40 posted on 04/18/2013 10:50:10 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: cdcdawg

Governor Haley inadvertently caused all of this: by selecting Scott for the Senate seat, she opened up a House seat that was highly vulnerable. Of course, DeMint caused it too, for if he had remained in the seat to which he was elected, there would be no Sanford House candidacy in 2013.


41 posted on 04/18/2013 10:53:36 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: GamecockD
I hope, people are smart enough not to put Colbert in there

No sorry, they are not smart enough to defeat Colbert. They are so predictable.

42 posted on 04/18/2013 10:56:18 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: House Atreides

Your skepticism is healthy ;)


43 posted on 04/18/2013 10:59:50 AM PDT by next media
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To: JerseyanExile

the elitist GOP yet again strikes, as usual they will probably let a Dem in and some will cheer that our best hope was to get rid of Sanford and now we’ll get a jokers wife instead and they wonder why they’re called the stupid party


44 posted on 04/18/2013 12:06:39 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: House Atreides

he;s our best bet at getting a seat and instead the stupid party strikes again and some think we should put up a perfect candidate when there is none.

Some times I wonder if our side are really on our side.


45 posted on 04/18/2013 12:08:21 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Longbow1969

I’m stunned that some are happy about this and think letting a jokers liberal wife get the seat is better.

Stupid party strikes again, and for the record there are no perfect candidates


46 posted on 04/18/2013 12:09:58 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: GamecockD

it is truly sad, some it seems if they are on our side think letting a liberal Dem get the seat is better than Sanford.

I;m thinking now that not only the establishment is infested with liberal tools but also now the conservative part is as well


47 posted on 04/18/2013 12:11:17 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: GamecockD

it is truly sad, some it seems if they are on our side think letting a liberal Dem get the seat is better than Sanford.

I;m thinking now that not only the establishment is infested with liberal tools but also now the conservative part is as well


48 posted on 04/18/2013 12:11:20 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Theodore R.

Yea it seems Colberts wife is better than a republican in that seat, what on earth is wrong with our side, do they like losing all the time and think we should find the perfect person all the time for every seat.

So what if he has or been accused of trespassing, I couldn’t give a crap he’s still a hell of a lot better than a liberal in the seat/

Maybe we should keep taking out conservatives, let the establishment decide , I mean they are so better than some of us to pick our candidates ARF


49 posted on 04/18/2013 12:13:52 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: TheBigB

“Are you sure that’s the mistress? That pic looks like SC Gov. Nikki Haley, but I could be wrong...”

You are correct. That pic is Nikki Haley. In fact if you google Nikki Haley you’ll see that’s the same pic Wikipedia uses.


50 posted on 04/18/2013 12:21:39 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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