If you weren’t aware, I’m originally from South Carolina, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of days… (Sorry, I got a little carried away.) I loved growing up in South Carolina. Even though it’s not the Deep South, it’s still the South, and you encounter a few folks that remind you it’s still the South, but for the most part, I had no issues growing up. Unfortunately, just like there are people from EVERY state that do crazy things, I’m not too happy of some of the activities from people in my home state. I love SC fiercely, but sometimes things happen that I just don’t understand and make me lower my Palmetto Flag just a little. I’ve already discussed the representative that shouted at President Obama during his first State of the Union address, yet I’ve never mentioned former governor Mark Sanford.
Mark Sanford was governor from 2003-2011. He was married and has 4 boys. In June 2009, after telling his staff he was going camping, the governor disappeared. Like he wasn’t answering phone calls from staff and didn’t call his boys on Father’s Day disappeared. NO ONE could get in touch with him. He was missing for a total of 6 days. I distinctly remember telling my co-workers, former military men, that he was with a woman. They looked at me like I was crazy. A few days later, it came out the governor was in Argentina with his mistress. It also came out that Sanford used state funds to visit the other woman. The fallout included the governor stepping down from his presidential role of the Republican Governors Association, but he had no desire to step down from his gubernatorial post. His wife left him and their divorce was final the next year. He is currently engaged to his former mistress. And he was just (re-)elected to the US House of Representatives in a special election earlier this week.
I say all of this to say I might be wrong. If you remember my post from last week, I stated that the latest episode of “Scandal” was not real life. Apparently you can have an affair for years, lie about your whereabouts for a week, admit to using state funds to pay for your adulteress excursions, divorce your wife, run for re-election, and win. So maybe mistresses and adulterers stay winning after all. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.
- Sanford wins: South Carolina voters reject family values, honesty, integrity and responsibility (dailykos.com)
- Mark Sanford overcomes scandal to win South Carolina congress seat (telegraph.co.uk)
- Redemption: Mark Sanford Wins Big in South Carolina (blackchristiannews.com)