In final stretch, Sanford fights to stay afloat in S.C.
April 23rd, 2013
09:12 AM ET
1 year ago

In final stretch, Sanford fights to stay afloat in S.C.

(CNN) – Republican Mark Sanford's bruised campaign is fighting to bounce back in the South Carolina special congressional race after having a few rough days last week.

The campaign released a new television ad Tuesday attacking Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch for accepting contributions from labor unions. The six-figure spot will run on broadcast and cable in the Savannah and Charleston markets, according to the campaign.
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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford massively outspent on TV in South Carolina
April 18th, 2013
08:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford massively outspent on TV in South Carolina

(CNN) - Mark Sanford's besieged congressional campaign is being outspent almost 3-1 on the television airwaves by his Democratic foes, a media-buying source tracking the South Carolina House campaign told CNN.

Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch and allied groups have spent well over half a million dollars to date on broadcast and cable ads in the Charleston and Savannah media markets, which blanket South Carolina's First Congressional District.
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Filed under: Ads • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
National Democrats to get aggressive in South Carolina race
April 18th, 2013
02:15 PM ET
1 year ago

National Democrats to get aggressive in South Carolina race

(CNN) – One day after a national Republican campaign group pulled out of the South Carolina special congressional race, the group's Democratic counterpart announced it's stepping in.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it will begin running an attack ad Friday against Republican candidate Mark Sanford, the former governor of the state who's attempting a political comeback after his career was derailed following his now-famous extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.
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Filed under: Ads • DCCC • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
First on CNN: Sanford warned about trespassing in 2011
April 17th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Sanford warned about trespassing in 2011

(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has engaged in a "pattern" of trespassing on his ex-wife's property since their divorce and was even issued a warning about the matter by her attorney two years ago, according to court documents related to the incident.

The Associated Press reported late Tuesday that Sanford, who is currently the Republican nominee for Congress in South Carolina's First District, has been ordered to appear in court on May 9 after his ex-wife Jenny complained that he trespassed on her Sullivan's Island property. Under the terms of their 2010 divorce, neither party can enter the other's home without permission.
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Filed under: Jenny Sanford • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford claims Super Bowl defense in trespassing
April 17th, 2013
12:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford claims Super Bowl defense in trespassing

(CNN) – Mark Sanford's bid for Congress in South Carolina was dealt a major blow Wednesday when national Republicans said they would no longer support him after learning his ex-wife accused him of illegally entering her home.

"Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election," Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement.

The accusations of trespassing leveled at Mark Sanford, a former South Carolina governor, by his ex-wife Jenny Sanford arose after he visited his son to watch the Super Bowl.

"I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn't think he should watch it alone," Mark Sanford wrote. "Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."

The explanation came the day after news broke Sanford has been ordered to appear in court two days after the May election in which he's contending to become South Carolina's next congressman. On Wednesday, Sanford went up with his first general election ad criticizing Democratic rival Elizabeth Colbert Busch, and a national Democratic group said it was beginning a six-figure campaign against Sanford.

Jenny Sanford claims in court documents she saw her ex-husband leaving her Sullivan's Island home on Feb. 3, roughly three weeks after Mark Sanford announced his bid for Congress.

"It's an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court," Mark Sanford wrote in his statement. "I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn't think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."

Read more: First on CNN: Sanford warned about trespassing in 2011

The couple were divorced in 2010 after the then-governor admitted he was carrying on an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. He finished out his gubernatorial term in 2011 and has since become engaged to the same woman.

On Tuesday, Jenny Sanford wrote in a message to CNN, "I understood [the documents] were to have remained part of the sealed divorce docs. This is a private matter and I have no further comment."

Sanford said in his statement he is "particularly curious how records that were sealed to avoid the boys dealing with embarrassment are now somehow exposed less than three weeks before this election."

He said he agreed with his ex-wife that the "media is no place to debate what is ultimately a family court matter."

Seeking political redemption, Sanford won the Republican primary this month in a race to fill the 1st District seat left vacant when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Tim Scott to the Senate late last year.

It's the same district Sanford represented in Congress before becoming governor.

As he deals with the trespassing controversy, Sanford is also going on the attack against his Democratic opponent. In his first TV commercial since he became the GOP nominee, Sanford highlights Colbert Busch's union ties.

"Elizabeth Colbert Busch says she knows jobs and will be independent, but she's not telling you that she's supported by labor unions," says the female narrator in the 30-second spot. "Nearly $30,000 in checks from big labor, even from the union who tried to shut down Boeing and ship a thousand jobs out of South Carolina."

The Sanford campaign confirms to CNN that the ad will start running Wednesday through April 22, and that the campaign will spend nearly $100,000 to run the spot on broadcast and cable television in the Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia markets, which cover nearly all of South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. The campaign is also running the ad on radio in Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

National Journal first reported the new Sanford commercial.

Also Wednesday, a political action committee that backs Democratic House candidates, announced that it would begin a three-week, six-figure media campaign. As part of that push, House Majority PAC unveiled its first TV ad which attacks Sanford's image as a fiscal conservative.

"Mark Sanford may claim to be a fiscal conservative, but as governor he flew around the world in high style – even jetting to the dentist and a hair dresser – and stuck South Carolinians with the $400,000 bill," said House Majority PAC Communications Director Andy Stone, in announcing the new spot, titled "Air Sanford."

Sanford and Colbert Bush, sister of satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, face off in a May 7 special election for the seat that Sanford held for three terms before being elected governor in 2002.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Peter Hamby, Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford accused of trespassing on ex-wife's property
April 16th, 2013
09:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford accused of trespassing on ex-wife's property

(CNN) – Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who's now running as the Republican nominee in a special congressional election, has been ordered to appear in court two days after the May election over allegations that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home.

Jenny Sanford confirmed a report about court documents she filed claiming she saw her ex-husband leaving her Sullivan's Island home on Feb. 3, roughly three weeks after he announced his bid for Congress.
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Filed under: House • Jenny Sanford • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
South Carolina Dems got the wrong Sanford
April 9th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
1 year ago

South Carolina Dems got the wrong Sanford

(CNN) - It could have been a crucial piece of opposition research: The South Carolina Democratic Party accused Mark Sanford, who criticized his rival for taking union contributions, of receiving campaign cash from labor groups himself during a past run for Congress.

Only problem? They had the wrong Sanford.
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Sparks fly in S.C. congressional campaign
April 9th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Sparks fly in S.C. congressional campaign

(CNN) - With less than a month to go until a high profile special election to fill a vacant congressional seat in South Carolina, things are heating up.

Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, Tuesday released her first ad of the general election campaign. Her Republican opponent, former Gov. Mark Sanford, whose political career was sidetracked back in 2009 thanks to a well-publicized affair, was quick to respond and criticize Colbert Busch, and he also accepted invitations to four debates between now and the May 7 contest.
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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
April 3rd, 2013
04:26 PM ET
12 months ago

Sanford says fiancée surprised him at victory event

(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who carried out an extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur while in office, told CNN in an interview Wednesday he was "completely" surprised when Chapur - now his fiancée - showed up to appear with him the night before when he claimed victory in the runoff for the GOP nomination for his old U.S. House seat.

Sanford was appearing on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

More:

– Mark Sanford: I failed in 2009, but last night was a referendum
– Mark Sanford has a woman problem
– Sanford wins GOP nomination for House seat
– Runoff is second test in shamed governor's political comeback


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Mark Sanford has a woman problem
April 3rd, 2013
02:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Mark Sanford has a woman problem

(CNN) – Mark Sanford is another step closer to political redemption, but the real headline out of his Tuesday victory in a Republican primary runoff for his old congressional seat was a rare public appearance by his former mistress - who's now his fiancée.

And while the former South Carolina governor is considered the favorite in next month's general election showdown with Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, his past infidelity remains front and center in the race and could continue to hurt him with crucial female voters.

Jake Tapper interviews Mark Sanford Wednesday on "The Lead" - 4 p.m. ET, only on CNN.

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