Boehner's tepid support for Sanford
May 7th, 2013
02:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner's tepid support for Sanford

Washington (CNN) - After endorsing former Rep Mark Sanford last month in the special congressional election in South Carolina, House Speaker John Boehner appeared to distance himself Tuesday from the controversial former governor, saying "the electorate gets to decide" who their representatives in Congress are.

Sanford gained notoriety in 2009 when while serving as South Carolina's governor he disappeared from public view and his aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He later admitted he was in Argentina visiting his mistress.

The former governor is now engaged to his former mistress, and is attempting a political with a bid to win back his old congressional seat, which was recently vacated when Rep Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate. In this week's special election, he faces Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

Boehner, when asked if he worried about any political fallout for Republicans if Sanford wins, didn't exactly embrace his former House colleague, instead saying it's up to the voters.

"The voters of the 1st District of South Carolina will make their decision. And just like any one of us or any of the 435 members of Congress, we don't get to choose who they are. They, their electorate gets to decide who they are. And so, we'll see what the outcome is tonight," Boehner said at a weekly press conference with other House GOP leaders.

The number two House Democrat tried to downplay expectations for a victory for Colbert Busch in the closely contested special election on Tuesday.

"We shouldn't be in the ballgame," Rep Steny Hoyer told reporters, noting the district leans heavily toward Republicans. He added "if we win that district it will be clearly be an upset and a huge loss for the Republican Party and they will try to rationalize it was Sanford."

But when asked about what Sanford's' reputation could mean for Democrats' own political fortunes if he wins, Hoyer replied, "we're going to win that race one way or another."


Filed under: John Boehner • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Embrace him as your son Johnny boy. He's just another stain on the GOP and a blatant smack in the face to women. I wish this race wasn't so close, but the people of the First District of South Kakalaki may disappoint us Steny.

    May 7, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Tepid support from Boehner? A case of single-malt from Sanford would probably change that calculus. Compared to other politicians, Boehner is easy to shop for.

    May 7, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Liberal

    I suport A. Weiner for NYC mayor.

    May 7, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Soooo we're going to get more fluff all day today on the Ticker instead of real issues it seems. CNN is whitewashing and sweeping the GOP/Teatrolls' ridiculous behavior on the budget under the the rug. After 2+ years of blaming the Dem-controlled Senate for not passing a budget (ignoring the Budget Control Act, let alone all filibusters and other procedural shenanigans from the GOP) and demanding a "return to regular order," Cruz and McConnell have both now blocked all attempts to do exactly that. They won't allow congress to take the budget the Senate has passed and the budget the House has passed and go into conference to come up with a real budget. They want a secret negotiation first instead of a public debate from the get-go. They are also demanding...quite ridiculously...that the rules for the conference state that taxes cannot be raised and the debt ceiling cannot be lifted. In other words, they are demanding that they be declared to have won BEFORE they even had to negotiate...that the rules be stacked in their favor or they won't play....not to mention that they want to save the debt limit issue for yet another manufactured crisis and fiscal hostage situation in September so it can yet again be used to hamper economic recovery. They are dong nothing but continually moving the goal posts when their bluff gets called. Enough is enough. REPORT ON IT AND STOP HELPING THEM BY PRINTING THIS BREAD AND CIRCUS NONSENSE.

    May 7, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. California Gary

    Boehner owes his speakership to a bunch of right wing radicals and assorted nutcases like Sanford.....he will hold his nose and offer support, tepid or otherwise, just to hold onto his power. Sad state of affairs (literally) in D.C.

    May 7, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    SC got to be stupid to elect that Eloper.

    May 7, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. thomase

    How is a guy who disappeared for months using the tax payers dime to travel to south america to sleep with his mistress, violated a restraining order, and lied about all of the above still in the running?

    I mean, it's so hilarious that people voting for him see nothing but R on the ballot box that the people who vote for him get exactly what they deserve as an official if hes elected.

    May 7, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. ST

    Every part of my body tells me the polls are not so close as they show. Elizabeth will pull out this thing. Sanford is totally finished in politics business. You can't choose both ways, and expect to reach at the one anticipated destination.

    May 7, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Ferret out the BS

    Deal with the doctor who violated the law, don't try to continuously change the law because it doesn't fit in with your antiquated values.
    ------------------
    Exactly, deal with the crazy person who violated the law by shooting at a theater or school, don't try to continuously change the 2nd amendment because it doesn't fit in with your nonrealistic values.

    May 7, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    The electorate in this SC district will vote against its own interests. What do you expect from low information voters who source their information from FOX NOISE, Beck, and Palin?

    May 7, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. GUESSED

    These two have zero to offer the working american

    May 7, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    Don't worry, he'll support him, he has the two main characteristics needed. Male body parts and white skin.

    May 7, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. ja

    sanford is pink slime

    May 7, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    if the bonehead supports him – this will be good folly for the 2014 mid-terms – in other words, bye bye John.

    May 7, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Liberal
    I suport A. Weiner for NYC mayor.

    ========

    I support nether , They both should find new career's in the private sector !

    May 7, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    @Ferret out the BS

    Deal with the doctor who violated the law, don't try to continuously change the law because it doesn't fit in with your antiquated values.
    ------
    Exactly, deal with the crazy person who violated the law by shooting at a theater or school, don't try to continuously change the 2nd amendment because it doesn't fit in with your nonrealistic values.
    *****************
    The only problem with that is that for some, not all, but some of the gun-huggers, any enforcement of the existing laws is a change in the 2nd amendment. To use your pet phrase, the right-wing flyspecks don't know the difference between the 2nd Amendment and the existing laws. Gosnell is no more an example of the average OB/GYN than the Newtown shooter was of the average gun owner. People need to get off the barricades and stop dehumanising the people they disagree with, and start to talk and listen so we can come with policies that better serve our people. Until then, the flyspecks will rule the debate.

    May 7, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Jules

    That old family value card that the GOP loves to self righteously play again and again, comes back to bite them in the buttocks again. Time to ditch the family value thing until you get a bunch of perfect human beings running for office – which means, stop pretending that you are better than the Democrats in this area. Human is as human does.

    May 7, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Speaker John Boehner should drive down to SC in his green TeamBoehner.com bus , hit some golfballs with Mark Sanford , load up on cheep cigarets and booze , then drive back to DC.

    MORE JOBS ?
    MORE FREEDOM ?
    should read
    MORE OBSTRUCTION
    MORE NONACTION

    May 7, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    "In other words, they are demanding that they be declared to have won BEFORE they even had to negotiate...that the rules be stacked in their favor or they won't play"

    While driving to work today, I couldn't help but think that Repubs today are nothing more than a bunch of whiny children, crossing their arms, pouting and stomping, threatening to wet the rug if they don't get their way.

    It's time all the adults in the room put an end to this nonsense. President Obama and the Democrats need to stop with this "bipartisan" BS because it's a waste of time. Use executive order, reconciliation, the line item veto, whatever it takes. Pick those whiny brats up and throw them into time-out. Let them sit and stew in their juices, wail and cry on about how persecuted they are and unfair everyone is; they hate the president and Dems anyway, so what's to lose?

    In the meantime, the country and her people will be able to move forward and regain the economic footing we are so close to having.

    May 7, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    " don't know the difference between the 2nd Amendment and the existing laws. "

    Indeed. Studies and polls have shown that the vast vast majority of Americans' think that there are far more and far stricter gun laws in this country than there actually are. That, of course, is by design and we have the NRA, the MSM and the GOP/Teatrolls to thank for it. Mission Accomplished.

    May 7, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Guest

    Unlike Bill Clinton, right Dutch? Dumbazz!

    May 7, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |