3:19 PM, Jun 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Thursday's Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim, a WEEKLY STANDARD contributor and former speechwriter for Mark Sanford, reviews a new ebook about the disgraced-governor-turned-congressman from South Carolina:
"Second Chance" is an engaging portrait of Mr. Sanford: The author retells his youth and early manhood in Fort Lauderdale and the South Carolina Lowcountry; his brief time at Goldman Sachs in New York and awkward first encounters with Jenny, whom he would marry in 1989; his congressional years (1995-2001) and two terms as governor. The book concentrates especially on his controversial opposition to President Obama's stimulus bill in early 2009 and follows him through the scandal and departure from office until, several months ago, he decided to run for his old congressional seat. (The seat had been vacated by Tim Scott after Mr. Scott's elevation to the Senate.) Mr. Bartelme punctuates the narrative with scenes from Election Day, May 7, 2013—a nice touch that keeps the story moving—and concludes with an emboldened Mr. Sanford comparing himself not to King David this time but to Lazarus.
Yet there is a problem with "Second Chance": Too much of Mr. Bartelme's narrative comes directly from Mr. Sanford. The anecdotes about his life are the ones he routinely tells about himself: the story of how, after the death of his father, he and his brothers built a coffin and buried him on the family farm; the story of how he got into politics after hearing a lecture on entitlement spending and the national debt; the story of how the newly elected governor was approached by a legislative leader and told that, to be the best governor he could be, he needed to follow the advice of legislative leaders (advice he rejected).
Mr. Bartelme's Mark Sanford is a charming and eccentric man with a penchant for getting elected despite some cockamamie political views. The truth is closer to the reverse. Mr. Sanford is among the most prescient and dauntless politicians now in office, and he is almost alone in both grasping the implications of untrammeled deficit spending and having the pluck to stand against it. Yet he is also a deeply self-absorbed man, instinctively ill-humored and petty, relentless in the pursuit of glory and apt to equate the greater good with whatever benefits his reputation.
Read the whole thing here.
11:25 PM, May 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, has won his old House seat back in a special election to succeed Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The Associated Press reports:
9:47 AM, May 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot. Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.
The special election is today. Here's a screen shot of the ballot those South Carolina voters will see today, courtesy of the South Carolina State Election Commission:
5:01 PM, May 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's been a roller coaster of a special election in South Carolina's First Congressional District, and about 24 hours before the polls close, the race for the House seat once held by Senator Tim Scott looks to be a close one.
3:02 PM, Apr 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
For your weekend reading, Politico has a long Maggie Haberman piece on political rehabilitation. Her subjects are Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner about whom some cannot get enough. Others undoubtedly believe that we know far too much already about both of these characters. Still, Haberman writes:
5:25 PM, Mar 20, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Mark Sanford, former governor of South Carolina, has cleared the first hurdle in his comeback campaign. He will be in a runoff to determine the Republican candidate for a vacant House seat. He got some 37 percent of the primary vote. Which would have seemed an utterly improbable back in 2009, when he delivered a tearful apology for deceiving his wife about an affair and voters about his whereabouts.
8:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The race to succeed Tim Scott in South Carolina's First Congressional District begins with a new television ad from GOP candidate Teddy Turner, the son of billionaire CNN founder (and proud liberal) Ted Turner.
9:41 AM, Jan 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford announced his candidacy for the state's First Congressional District Wednesday. Sanford, who served as that district's House member from 1995 to 2001 and later as governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, is vying for the Republican nomination to replace former congressman Tim Scott, who was appointed last month to the U.S. Senate.
4:55 PM, Jan 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former congressman and governor of South Carolina, will announce he is running for his old House seat Wednesday. Jim Geraghty at National Review confirms the news in an interview with Sanford:
2:37 PM, Jan 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, will not run for the Charleston-area open congressional seat in the upcoming special election.
12:34 PM, Jan 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, will run for the House of Representatives, sources close to Sanford confirm. He will try to win election to the seat formerly held by Tim Scott.
Sanford, a Republican who held the House seat himself from 1995 to 2001, will announce his intention to run early next week, ahead of the January 18 filing deadline. The special election to succeed Scott, who was appointed to the Senate by Governor Nikki Haley last month, will take place on May 7, with a GOP primary being held on March 19.
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