Sanford will work with GOP, despite campaign abandonment
May 12th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
11 months ago

Sanford will work with GOP, despite campaign abandonment

(CNN) – After soon-to-be congressman Mark Sanford is sworn into office this week, he’ll begin working with the national Republican Party, despite their campaign wing’s decision to pull out of his race just weeks ahead of the May 7 vote.

“I think always past is past, and I look forward to working with the entire Republican team,” Sanford said on “Fox News Sunday.”

After his ex-wife filed a criminal complaint accusing him of trespassing at her beach home in April, the National Republican Congressional Committee said they would no longer support Sanford in his bid for a political comeback in South Carolina.

The former South Carolina governor went on to win the election anyway, defeating Democratic rival Elizabeth Colbert-Busch by a nearly ten point margin.

Sanford said Sunday he was a “Republican who has always had an independent streak,” but that he was looking forward to “working with Republicans as they try to advance conservative ideas that I think are important and reflective where taxpayers are coming from across this country.”

When he gets to Congress, Sanford plans to “look under the hood at a whole host of things,” including entitlement programs he said were too costly.

“There's a lot of inefficiency out there, in all areas of government that people are, with warrant, concerned about. And I'm going to be focusing there as well,” he said.

Sanford’s election last week marked a political comeback for the former governor, who finished his term in 2011 after admitting to an extramarital affair.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. JJ

    Yeah, keep walking softly so you DO NOT disrupt the Democrat future plans.

    Oh, BTW 4 Americans died that day.

    This is why people are NO longer looking to the Republican Party for leadership.

    No "shoes" to ask the tough questions and they keep dancing around the issues.

    WHERE'S THAT 3RD PARTY FOR NEXT ELECTION?

    May 12, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Speaker Boehner will rue the day he threw Sanford under the bus. Sanford will join Tea Party insurgents in opposing Speaker Boehner's leadership.

    May 12, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. ARTraveler

    Hey, Mr Sanford, the major over-price :entitlement:" program is what Congress critters get as part-time federal employees. They should have to purchase their own healthcare insurance under ACA and not be in any federal rertirement program. This is supposed to be a job for a few years and you return to private life, not retire-in-place in a district re-configured to be totally safe, no matter how immoral you "family values" are. We pay into Social Security and Medicare and there is no right of any person who buys their way into a House or Senate job to negate that we "own" that right to the benefits. The national debt was caused by Republican wars and tax cuts and NOT by Social Secuirity or Medicare and if Social Security and Medicare need adjustment for their long term health, then make the adjustment to THEIR FUNDING SOURCES and do it in a separate bill and do it openly.

    May 12, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Allow me to interpret for Sanford: "I promise to goose-step right along with the rest of the domestic-terrorist GOP, pushing our radical right-wing extremism until we're all voted out of office and our party is finally extinct".

    May 12, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Safejourney

    Hahahahahaha. He wont be able to work with anyone. He is leprotic

    May 12, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. roro

    It's just disgusting that the so-called born again evangelical Christians would rather vote for this slime than any Democrat. We should have let the south secede. They're all hypocrites, and a burden on the nation. They get more money back from the government than they send, unlike many of the other states, some of which get back a lot less than they contribute. They're just a drain.

    May 12, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Mary Ann

    The election of Sanford in South Carolina only shows you how out of touch the republican voters are especially here in the south.

    May 12, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. kieley

    Birds of a feather.

    May 12, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. James D Sharpe

    I know you think that not defending our ambassador and his staff is not important . You should rethink that.

    We are not all blind deaf and dumb.

    May 12, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. mentallect

    He abandoned his office to cheat on his wife in another country, then lied about it in bizarre language, so of course the GOP will work with him.

    May 12, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Larry L

    I suppose being a horn-dog isn't a bad thing... relative to the GOP's attitude towards the middle-class, women, minorities, gay Americans, and anybody who isn't a white, Christian, right-wing bigot.

    May 12, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein

    He shouldn't have been elected back to Congress. The House shouldn't accept him because his problems with telling the truth about his location. I don't know how the district could have let this guy who doesn't respect his now ex-wife.

    May 12, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. Anthony in California

    Just so we're clear, exactly what the Republicans are embracing here with this guy...

    MISSING from his post.
    Uses TAX PAYER MONEY to take trip to Argentina.
    LIES to the public.
    CHEATS on wife with mistress on said trip.

    Okay. From here on out.. you Republicans can keep your idiotic blog comments and mouths SHUT.

    credibility = ZERO

    May 12, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Thomas

    The republican party loves Mark Sanforn , He stands for fammily values , honsty , integraty .
    As for his stance on imagration , he understands what its like to have a loved one on the other side of the fence .

    Sanford said Sunday he was a “Republican who has always had an independent streak, As in going to Arentina on the tax payers dime .

    May 13, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  15. Flagship, NC

    Out of all the Republicans in South Carolina, they still have to scrape the bottom of the barrow to get someone to run for this office. Something is very wrong!

    May 13, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  16. ddblah

    Hey, congrats to republicans!

    May 13, 2013 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  17. king

    aahh the ultra moralistic repubs, just like them beating up on the constitution, they never fail to amaze me. these folks only get in their scenically mode when it benefits them, but if their politics doesn't agree with their ideology at the moment, they will throw it under the bus so fast, it will have a dem head spinning. lesson young folks, the so called conservatives are not the ones to shape your character from, because they will bring you back to the renaissance era and leave you there, so dont believe all those morality, constitution abiding mumbo jumbo they spew when they want to get their agenda across, because they will abandoned it quickly if it gets in their way.

    May 13, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  18. Marie MD

    Well, duh, he IS a rethug all the way down to his adulterous bones and bad father image., All those family values.

    May 13, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  19. Cephus

    A living example of being lost then found by the Amazing grace now be an example of humility and lead your people.

    May 13, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  20. david mann

    So the party of "Family Values" has put yet ANOTHER lying, thieving, philandering hypocrite back into public office. You Repugnicants are a weird bunch. I'll just bet this one comes back to bite you.

    May 13, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Wake up People!

    Duh.... This is news?? Of course he is going to work with republicans, what choice does he have? The GOP's motto is, you get in line with the rest of us and do as you are told. If not, you will find your butt out of there. Now he can stay on the government's dole for life and support his mistress off of our tax dollars.

    Ain't life grand??? If you're a rich, melanin challenged male.

    May 13, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Congratulations, Republicans. Mark Sanford is representing your party.

    May 13, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |