March 16th, 2009
03:47 PM ET
7 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. Sniffit

    @ Just Shut Up!, who said "This is about state sovereignty more than anything else"

    Nope. Wrong. SC and every other state in the union has 100% choice in this matter...i.e., they can exercise their sovereignty by choosing to either take the money and obey the rules or not take the money and figure out how to fix their own problems. They do not have to take the money. Sanford knows he needs it though...he's just putting on a political tapdance for the benefit of his party's "base."

    March 16, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Kwn

    isnt this the guv whose state Treasurer was arrested for dealing cocaine?

    March 16, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Tim

    How about showing some guts on the Confederate Flag issue? Coward!

    March 16, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. jaye

    Get those republicans out of office, then our country will be better.
    The republicans have made America lose its dignity, and we have become the laughing stock of other countries.
    The republicans continually airing their dirty snarky comments against our president, and choosing the worst person of all, Limbaugh, as their new fearless leader is just sinful.
    We need to take our country back, and regain our dignity – and that means ousting every republican from office.

    March 16, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. vicky

    Are you serious? This is the same man that is cutting Autism Services from South Carolina citizens by 17 Million Dollars. Tell me, where is the christian conservative value there?

    March 16, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. This is Called Accountability

    South Carolina's operating expenses don't get subsidized by the Federal Goverment and taxes from the 49 other states.

    Gov. Sanford, spend the money on what the national government authorized it for. Either that, or don't take it at all and accept the political consequences in South Carolina

    March 16, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Once you vote black

    Why is he asking Obama to stop the ads. Is that not like asking for a federal bail out? Bail out of the hot seat?

    March 16, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Ex-Republican

    It's quite obvious that his failure to do anything of worth in his entire term as governor will not cease in his next endeavor. He ran up his debt, ran up his unemployment rate, ran down his schools and ran down his housing market.

    Now he wants to use money to pay off the debt he completely mishandled and has NOTHING to show for. No, you can't make decisions because you obviously SUCK at them Sanford. You are an idiot with a track record to prove it. Just shut up and do what the adults tell you to!

    March 16, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Kurt C.

    Good for Sanford for refusing to take this idiotic spendulus money.

    March 16, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. hotdog

    Apparently, this is an inept Governor. All he had to do is read the bill and he would know that the money could not be used for that purpose. It is also unacceptable that school in Dillion.S.C. is in such deplorable conditions. He should be impeached on that issue alone.

    March 16, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. P. Y.

    It always amazes me that poor states like South Carolina put these Repugs in office. For God's sake, when are they ever going to learn. What do they ever do to help the people who elect them. Nothing, unless they are the rich of the community.

    March 16, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. nom deplume, esq.

    Sanford turned down the $$$ because of the very large string attached that says, if you take this money, you must raise taxes on yourself later on. This is how the federal government gets around the unfunded mandate prohibition, and coerces a state to do its bidding.

    God, I cannot believe you haters are permitted to vote. If I had my way, you wouldn't be permitted to breed. No wonder capital is fleeing the country.

    March 16, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Gordon

    Mark Sanford, as with other Republicans, take their marching orders
    from Rush Limbaugh. Since when has the will of the people or the
    good for the people mattered to any Republican? We saw the perfect
    example with the last administration and, even with all the political
    viagra he ingested, Bush was just as impotent as today's GOP.

    March 16, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Liz

    Dear "Just Shut Up",

    When you speak of state sovereignty are you speaking of South Carolina's right to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation or are you South Carolinians still dreaming of succession?

    March 16, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. nann

    Impeach Mark Sanford! I am a citizen of South Carolina & I am sick of him!

    March 16, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Anita

    As a Democrat I am amazed that a this South Carolina Democrat has such a limited vocabulary and he could not find a more appropriate phrase or word to get his point across.

    Obviously, South Carolina needs to put more money into their education system.

    John Land needs to remember he is supposed to be a leader and try to keep his personal issues private and stop injecting them into the political arena.

    March 16, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Frank, Las Vegas

    Good!! It should be a take it or leave it deal, no cherry picking. And this guy wants to be president!? He's an idiot.

    March 16, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. nann

    The Repbulican party is dying!

    March 16, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. southerner

    Deplume esq, what are you the lawyer of stupid? If sanford does not want to raise taxes, he does not need to. Northern governors will change their state's laws once the money runs out. Guess too much to do for a lazy governor?

    March 16, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Scott the Independent

    More like his political self inflicted gun shot wound to the head; the man has lost his mind if he thinks the unemployed and students of his state won't remember this; if he actually believe there will not be one video clip of this that will be played over and over again during his next campaign he's lost it. Another case for the Mental capacity certification act of 2009

    March 16, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Linving In SC

    I feel as though Gov. Sanford is doing the same thing to SC that George Bush has done to our country. He is going to run our state in the ground as he has been doing and then hand it off to someone else and tell them to fix his mess. No matter who comes along after him they are going to be blamed because they will not be able to fix it fast enough. I wish someone from the powers that be would really take the time to come visit the schools in our state. I mean really visit them. Then maybe someone can tell us how schools in the same county but two different districts education is on opposite ends of the scale. He keeps denying jobs to come to our states or he is just letting them leave and shipping them overseas. The only reason why we are not last on the list for job loss is because there are no jobs here to lose That happened to us a long time ago we have really nothing else here to lose. We have areas in the state capitol the same city that our Governor lives in where they are just now in 2006 getting indoor plumbing. How?

    So I think that the only reason why he is trying to cause an uproar in everything President Obama doing is to get his name out there for 2012 hoping someone will remember him since he was on “McCain’s short list.” Mr. Sanford, I don’t know who was worse you or Beasley but I can’t wait for you to go. For a Governor to live less than two blocks from the homeless shelter and for the homeless to stay in the park through the day because they have no place to go that sits right across the street from you mansion and you don’t try to do better by us…it is time for you to go. It is obvious that you don’t care. How about that 3.2 million home you have up for sale? When you sell it can you do something out of the kindness of your heart to help our state…or just even one person.

    March 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Linving In SC

    I agree with Nann

    March 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. sorry,I dont get paid to post

    He wants to be the new Jefferson Davis,poor little d head.

    March 16, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    Good for you Sanford for not taking the money. I never take anything when strings are attached. Like they say, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
    And, please don't ask them to stop the ads. I find them entertaining and just makes me work harder for the GOP.

    March 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Poopempants Jim

    We seem to have a lot of politicians that are like Sandford. They show that as an entity of power, the GOP is on the way out permanently.

    Did they think that we the people would not notice who FUBAR'd the economy?

    March 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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