January 21st, 2010
12:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Sanford makes surprise visit to Capitol Hill

Mark Sanford visited Washington on Thursday.

Mark Sanford visited Washington on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - On the morning after delivering his final "State of the State" address in Columbia, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford strolled through the Capitol rotunda Thursday afternoon along with South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis.

Asked why he was in Washington, Sanford, a former House Member, walked toward the House floor as the chamber was about to vote and told CNN: "I was going to catch up with some friends on the House floor."

Sanford said he has not yet met Massachusetts Sen-elect Scott Brown.

Another Republican governor, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was also visiting House lawmakers today. He is slated to meet with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire House delegation from his state.

Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. hongli

    Sandford meeting with Scott Brown,Oh this spell trouble already but even before this I will Guarantee that women will be the downfall of Scott Brown the latest clown from Boston.

    January 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Dutch the Great

    Let's see how long it takes Sen. elect Brown to get cought hiking on the Appalacian trail. He sure didn't sound like a family values guy the other night pimping his daughters to the nation.

    January 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. K

    Here's what I want to know. When Eliot Spitzer, Democratic governor of NY was caught cheating on his wife, Republicans and the so called "liberal media" hounded him out of office in a matter of days. But Sanford, and Sen. Ensign do the same thing, and not only do they not get hounded out of office, no mention is made of their infidelity.

    January 21, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Who cares – all those republican politicians in SC are slimebags.

    January 21, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Ben in Texas

    In these times of right-wing hyperbole over the election of a gay-loving, health insurance voting, abortion rights promoting Repugnant to the Senate, it is nice to be reminded of those other R's who have dominated the news in the recent past. Upstanding values people like dear Gov. Sanford. Just the kind of guy who seems so typical of the Repugnant mentality and morality.

    January 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. v. stjerneby

    Mark Sanford knew that if he waited long enough, people would forget
    his dereliction of duty, spending public funds etc. He is a sad, tawdry
    reflection on the Republican Party.

    January 21, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Sanford is likely looking for a new job, by visiting cronies who will overlook his recent escapades.

    Let us hope he does not succeed.

    January 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Reagan raised taxes

    We should forgive Sanford and stop blaming Bush and BinLaden for thier crimes too.

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. NC Girl

    And why is this news?

    January 21, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Lilarose in Oregon

    Maybe So Caroline Gov Mark Sanford thinks he qualifies to be a member of the House now!

    It seems that sex is part of the criteria for being a member of Congress.

    Like newly-elected Scott Brown's nudish spread as the #1 centerfold for Cosmopolitan. If you haven't seen it, check it out on an internet search.

    if you are old enough, you might remember the first Cosmo centerfold in 1972 featuring Burt Reynolds!

    And then John Edwards has finally admitted fathering a child out of wedlock.

    Wait till tomorrow's news!

    January 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sanford has just as much right in Washington just like the rest of the adulters and crooks.

    January 21, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Libertarian

    Suppose he's interviewing for a lobbyist position? Most likely.
    He's probably there to help Arnold figure out his State's financial mess.

    Top 10 States in financial trouble and their leadership
    California – R
    Illinois – D
    Arizona – R
    Nevada – R
    New Jersey – R

    See a pattern? The conservatives run tight ships right?

    January 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    Sanford, Brown. McCain, Lieberman, Pence, Lindsay Graham, McConnell, Cantor, Boehner, Old White Men need to get out of
    running our government!!!!

    They seem to vote on everything connected with WARS and THE RICH
    AND VERY WEALTHY and nothing for Main Steet!!!

    Thanks again, Massachusetts!!!

    If Obama fails, the American people have lost!!!!

    January 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Kathleen


    Schwartzenegger MAY save the day!!!

    Actually Arnold Schwartzenegger is the ONLY Republican that
    I like.

    Arnold, can you please chang teams, like your wife!!!!! Come ON!!!

    January 21, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Sanford is probably visiting with Ensign to get names of some women.

    January 21, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Renatti-Kansas

    Why is CNN not reporting that Nancy Pelosi doesn't have the votes for the HC Bill??????? But yet they have time to report Cindy McCain appearing on a gay marriage ad, Gov. Sanford heading to Capitol Hill, and John Edwards fathering a child.

    CNN should be up and center reporting that Nancy Pelosi doesn't have the votes for the top domestic priority of the Obama administration. This is a major blow!

    January 21, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Tom in FL

    This guy must be about as popular as a herpes sore on prom night. Other Republicans certainly never cheat on their wives!

    January 21, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Wisconsonite

    Sanford . . . taking another "hike".

    January 21, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. kyle

    Did he tell anyone back home where he was going?

    January 21, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Typical Politician

    Why hasn't this idiot been canned yet?

    January 21, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Angus McDugan

    This guy is an embarrassment to everyone in government.

    Why can't people put their personal ambitions aside and the the right thing for the country since their job is for the people (not themselves)?

    January 21, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. JonDie

    When a Democrat messes around, Democrats usually clean house.

    When a Republican messes around, Republicans usually promote him to the leadership.

    Republicans call this "morality."

    January 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. ted

    Did he walk the Appalachian Trail or fly Argentinian Air? Moron. I just don't understand why the GOP doesn't get rid of their party's jerks.

    January 21, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Beverly in NC

    When is this idiot going to shut up and resign? His state is the poorest right above Mississippi and the lowest in education. It has surpassed other Southern states in its open and sickening racism. Senators DeMint and Graham should be total embarrassments to the people of SC. The backwater Rep Joe Wilson has been a long time member of one of the most extremist white supremacist groups in SC.

    Graham just blamed his state's healthcare problems on their "black population". DeMint is still calling for the failure of our government.

    Wake up SC – join the rest of civilzed America and get rid of these ignorant racist fools who make SC look redneck, ignorant, and full of hate. You can rid yourselves of DeMint and Wilson in Nov and move your state into this century.

    Have they not embarrassed you enough?

    January 21, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Luke Brown

    I hope our Governor gets a lot of coverage up there, reminding Americans of realities of Republican government are.

    Has the new GOP Senator said whether or not he plans to display his nude photos in his Senate office?

    January 21, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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