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:
GERAGHTY: The word is that you’re going to run for the House of Representatives in South Carolina’s First Congressional District.
MARK SANFORD: Officially we’re going to announce tomorrow, and then it’s off to the races.
GERAGHTY: Why are you running?
SANFORD: For 20 years I’ve been out there, if you look at my record in both Congress and the governorship, talking about the fact that this moment would come. If we didn’t get our nation’s financial house in order, there would be dire consequences to the American taxpayer and to the American dream and for those in this generation and the next. I think we’ve reached that day of reckoning. It seems that we’re averting a new fiscal cliff or crisis every few months these days, and what the numbers point to is that the trend is going to intensify.
Sanford served two terms as governor of the Palmetto State, but his second term was rocked in 2009 when it was revealed he had been conducting an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.Sanford will run in the upcoming special election to fill the seat previously held by fellow Republican Tim Scott. Scott was appointed to the Senate by current governor Nikki Haley after Jim DeMint resigned the seat earlier this month to take over the presidency of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.