March 16th, 2009
03:47 PM ET
9 months ago

Democrat talks about Sanford's 'political Viagra'

A South Carolina Democratic leader had tough words for Mark Sanford on Monday.
A South Carolina Democratic leader had tough words for Mark Sanford on Monday.

(CNN) – John Land, the South Carolina state Senate Democratic leader, said Monday that Mark Sanford’s maneuvering on the stimulus bill is “political Viagra” for the Republican governor.

In a statement, Land praised the White House’s decision Monday to reject Sanford’s request for a waiver to use stimulus money to pay down state debt instead of spending it. He accused the governor of “playing political games while our state suffers.”

“By playing these games, the only thing being stimulated is Sanford’s profile with the radical right-wingers in Washington,” Land said. “It amounts to nothing more than political Viagra for him.

“It’s time to get to work and get South Carolina moving forward,” he said. “Mark Sanford needs to get out of the way.”


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  1. Tall1

    Has anyone noticed that Gov. Sanford has placed his beach house up for sale-$3 million I believe the price is- so that he will have enough cash to pay college costs for his sons in the future? He's looking out for his own family- what about the citizens of South Carolina?

    March 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. ines

    I'm from SC. Sanford, Lindsey Graham & Jim DeMint have ensured that SC will turn blue next election. You cannot treat your constituents this horribly when they are hurting so badly, and not expect people to vote Democratic next time. The Sanford, Graham, DeMint trio – Good 'ole Boy Politics at its worst.

    March 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. thanks, but no thanks

    To all people who agree wtih Stanford: Have you ever been to South Carolina? You can not even order a sandwich, because you get the wrong one. They need better schools, more money in education, and more help with unemployment. Mari is right. let us move ahead. Stanford is a joke...

    March 16, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Cursten Steele

    There are many/many Americans (at least one-half the USA) who will rise against the federal government takeover of our states. Unfortunately, Land (you don't get it?) that is exactly what Obama and bunch are out to do.

    March 16, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Anita

    John Land needs to keep his own personal issues with Viagra private!

    No wonder our country is a mess.....we have politicians more focused on Viagra than they are on the economy.

    March 16, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Johio

    Recently, I saw a list of what were supposedly the 10 worst schools in the whole country. Half of them were in South Carolina. Looks like Gov. Sanford should be looking for all the help he can get.

    March 16, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. arithmetic is liberal

    Unemployment insurance and education should be private. This is pure evil politics by the Democrats. Why do we owe the unemployed anything? Mark Sanford '12!

    Because we're not living in and don't want to live in a third world cesspool (yet)!!!

    Why don't we privatize the police while we're at it.

    I swear, the South is closer in ideology to the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Honduras than it is to the rest of the United States.

    If you have private education, then you end up with 50% or more in this country who are illiterate. And when you have a bunch of dumb, easily cowwed, easily led people in rural areas where they can selectively tune out reality, they will INEVITABLY vote Republican!

    They will vote Republican and live like serfs because 'it's what my pappy used to do and he turn out jus' fine'.

    March 16, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Carl Justus

    Mark Sanford and leaders like him are one reason the South Carolina is in the high thirties in education, health care and second in the unemployment rate of the states.
    Sanford would do well to try to bring in jobs by repairing the schools, the infrastructure of this state instead of trying to curry favor with the far right wing of the republican party which is on its way into oblivion.

    March 16, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    Cursten Steele March 16th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

    There are many/many Americans (at least one-half the USA) who will rise against the federal government takeover of our states.

    That "silent majority" has been dead silent for 45 years. They don't exist.

    And it's not "at least one-half" of the USA. Looks at Obama's approval ratings: they hover around 65% most days.

    I'm sorry you and your drinking buddies don't like Obama. But please stop translating your narrow view of the world onto the rest of the country.

    March 16, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. DX in TX

    I don't think it's wise to use Viagra when referncing politics. The visual alone may cause nightmares, vomiting and if the visual last for more than 4 hours than I will need to seek medical attention.

    All I can say is...EEEWWW!

    March 16, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. viki

    This guy has hubris in the worst way.....he's so busy wondering how to get into the 'right-wing' limelight, he is pathetic! Here is one of the poorest and least educated states in the country, and he thinks he's making brownie points by paying down the debt???? WOW...that's insanity. Perhaps he should take care of his unemployed and uneducated, and there are plenty of both down there. It's disgraceful that the people of that state entrusted him to do what was best for their state, and all he's done is tear it down. How they doing with no cash for the schools? Like that? Yeah, makes me weep. But, hey, they have no more property tax, right? That plan was simply genious! What a guy. I hope he does put himself in the national spotlight so that we can rip his butt all over the place.

    March 16, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Sanford's choice of posturing to build his conservative resume over serving the interest of the people shows that he is not worthy of the trust with which he has been reposed.
    People are more important than position, and his ambition.

    March 16, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Gordon

    Anita, honey, John is using a "tongue-in-cheek" expression so as soon as you pull your head out of yours and back on your shoulders,
    you just might add something intelligent to this site. Imagine that
    Anita...you might even find it "stimulating".

    March 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Chuck

    Mr. Sanford, Ohio will take and use what money you do not want.

    March 16, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    Just politics. Take the money, give it to unemployed to help them make it until they get a new job, build and fix schools, build and fix roads. There- the money is spent.

    After it is gone, end unemployment compensation if you want. There are no strings attached that can't be cut if the people of SC are with you.

    Sanford is truly a scoundrel.

    March 16, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. walleye

    Let him reject the money. The voters will then reject him next time around. With schools and roads crumbling what moron would refuse aid? Maybe he needs viagra to make his brain grow.

    March 16, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Mr. Sanford: Ohio will take the money you do not want and use it to better our school, roads, and communities!!

    March 16, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Mr. Sanford: Ohio will take the money you do not want and use it to better our school, roads, and communities!!

    March 16, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. John

    It really hurts me to know that he and a few other Gov. are grandstanding while their State fail.

    He's rich he has no real worries, so why should he care about the poor? the poor didn't elect him, he feel there is no need to help them.

    One thing we all have to remember is they work for us not the other way around.

    Americans are awake and we are speaking up.

    March 16, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Sanford wasn't concerned about South Carolina's debt situation when George W. was in office. Now that the Republicans are in the minority, he's obsessed with fiscal responsibility. Idiot.

    March 16, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. carolyn

    Mark Sanford probably has ties to AIG. Morons.

    March 16, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Pat F

    Filthy language in public life.

    March 16, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Ellie

    Governor Sanford, if you are NOT going to help your residents by extending unemployment, etc. Then get out of the way. You have NO right to reject millions of dollars DESPERATELY needed by your state.

    All this talk about "strings attached" is nothing but ignorance talking coming from a politician. EVERYTHING you've gotten before as Governor HAD strings attached. Where have you been Governor? Is this your lame argument? Come on, give us a break.

    As Governor of South Carolina you've clearly mis-managed your state budge and that reflects on your incompetency, NOT the residents. NO stimulus money should to to your debt bail out.

    However, I also BLAME the residents of South Carolina who continue to walk around with "blinders" on when it comes to their politicians. Carolinians better WAKE UP and start owning up to their role in putting politicians in office who are NOT focused on the priorities of their own state, but more interested is self-vested interests instead!!

    WAKE UP SOUTH CAROLINA, you've been sucked dry and screwed for too long, it's time to bring CHANGE to South Carolina and moving your state into the 21st century!!!

    March 16, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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