March 16th, 2009
03:47 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Mari

    Honestly! Time to move on to another story. We all know that Sanford is an idiot.

    March 16, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Brian Crooks

    BOOOOOOOOOM! One-two punch from hometown and DC alike! It's so strange for me to see Democrats bite back...and I like it!

    March 16, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Alan

    amen

    March 16, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Jason

    So does the guy in S.C that just got his house forclosed on because he got downsized, and need some of those extra bebefits, do you think he feels better because de Guv got his "politcal Viagra" this morning. Or do you think a job and somedecent health benefits might make his day a little better?

    March 16, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Lush Limprick and Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    Good, that is putting in the same language the repub rednecks can understand!

    March 16, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Gimme a break! He doesn't want TARP money, get over it. Let the man do what he was elected to do, represent the people of his state. If they don't like what he's doing, he'll be unemployed after the next election.

    March 16, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. richie

    I wonder how south carolina could have elected a republican in the first place. Now they have learnt their lesson!

    March 16, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. cmoore

    Everyone is playing politics, is Land suggesting he is not????????

    March 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Governor Gutless Is A Guttersnipe

    True. Mark Sanford is a spineless guttersnipe that wages his career on the backs of hard working South Carolinians who are down on their luck. He is the lowest of the low, and should be treated as such.

    I understand he is a wealthy man and always has been, does that remind you of anyone, say maybe George W. Bush. I am sick of politicians who don't have anything to lose, bet on other people's farms. They are spineless guttersnipes who need to crawl back under their rocks and slither away.

    Give em hell Barack, because we plan to do just that.

    March 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Elaine

    Good for her!

    March 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Ben

    Mark Sanford should go down to a local umemployment office and see how far his ideology is accepted by those who are fighting just to hold on.

    March 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Whatever. First, it was moronic to ask for a "waiver" because Obama must enforce the legislation as written...he can't re-write it. Perhaps it's that Sanford is a GOPer that underlies his apparent misunderstanding of that point (in light of Bush's behavior towards legislation). Of course, he already lost that battle in Congress, so he might as well bring up a false request so he can grandstand about Obama's refusal to grant it. If he granted a similar request to a Dem, they'd be screaming that he thinks he's emperor.

    Second, there's nothign to praise. Obama did his job. Which is to say, he upheld the legislation as written and didn't try to make an end-run to curry political favor. There really was no decision to make...it's not within his authority to end-run legislation.

    March 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I do not think that he is speaking for the majority of the state of South Carolina. I think that he is speaking for a minority of conservative Republicans. He shouldn't have said anything on the front side and used the money to pay off debt after he received the Stimulus Package. Doesn't sound like he's the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    March 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. mary dale

    This guy sounds worse with every article. wonder how he got elected?

    March 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. obama-mama

    LMAO....That is some funny stuff. Political grandstanding while schools crumbling in his state. I'm sure his house and office is in tip top shape....Maybe the lack of viagra (literally) that his making him so stupid.

    March 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Vigla

    I thinkwe can all agree that any Governor that rejects stimulus money is in fact, a dunce. Even in a red state like SC, the people will turn on him like rabid dogs. He's playing with political fire here.

    March 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. carlo

    The most Sanford can get from his grandstanding is the GOP nomination, which really isn't worth much these days. He'll win the Southern States and those states with more citizens of low I.Q. per capita (cough, cough, Alaska), and he'll lose worse than McCain. If that's what he wants, who are we to stop him?

    March 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Walter

    Even South Carolina, right-wing as it is, is bound to turn on people like this eventually. He would rather win an entirely ideological argument than put people in his state back to work, repair schools, and feed children.

    Governor Sanford is absolutely amoral.

    March 16, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Lee, Landing NJ

    What is telling is that only the republican governors with presidential political aspirations are playing these phony games with the stimulus funds.

    South Carolina is a sorry state, with the highest unemployment rate in the US other than Michigan with it's auto industry.

    Byt Sanford doesn't care about the people of South Carolina or the United States economy in general, he hopes Obama and the country FAILS so that he can claim he turned down the money and run for president.

    Why do these cynical scum that call themselves Republicans hate America?

    Why is South Carolina and the rest of the old confederacy still fighting the civil war?

    March 16, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Judy

    Mississippi Mike March 16th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

    Gimme a break! He doesn't want TARP money, get over it. Let the man do what he was elected to do, represent the people of his state. If they don't like what he's doing, he'll be unemployed after the next election.

    ======================================================
    Mike, Sanford is in his last term and has his eye on the White House. SC has areas with 20+% unemployment and crumbling schools. He doesn't give a hoot about the people he's supposed to represent.

    March 16, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Carrie

    Glad to see that the people of SC have a voice for them. They need to revolt and fight back agains this self centered Govenor.

    March 16, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. 60's survivor

    exactly right! all the political posturing in the world isn't helping those unemployed in this state,,,,some politicians don't get it unless of course it's for their selves!!

    March 16, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Pat Dunedin Fl

    More Useless BLA , BLA, BLA, from another Republican
    that is ineffectual and LIMP in his Governors Duties!!!

    March 16, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Once you vote black

    Skadush! GOP beaten to the punch once again. Sanford does not care about the Black people in his state.

    March 16, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    SC Gov. Sanford to the President:
    Change the rules so I can spend the $700 million the way I want.

    SC Gov. Sanford to the President:
    Stop the DNC from criticizing me for not wanting to pay unemployment payments to unemployed.
    This Gov. is a fool.

    March 16, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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