Back to the future for Mark Sanford
May 15th, 2013
07:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Back to the future for Mark Sanford

Washington (CNN) – Mark Sanford is a member of Congress, again.

The former Republican governor of South Carolina, whose political career was left for dead along the Appalachian Trail after an extramarital affair, was sworn in Wednesday to the House of Representatives.
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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford will no longer appear in court for trespassing
May 8th, 2013
04:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford will no longer appear in court for trespassing

(CNN) – Mark Sanford, elected to the U.S. Congress Tuesday in South Carolina, will no longer be required to appear in court this week to face allegations he violated his divorce terms after trespassing at ex-wife Jenny's beach house.

A consent order from family court in Charleston County indicates the two parties reached an agreement ahead of the May 9 court date, under which Sanford admitted "that he is in contempt for this and previous instances of trespassing upon plaintiff's property."
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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
May 8th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
1 year ago

5 things we learned from Sanford's win

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Mark Sanford is heading back to Washington after detours along the Appalachian Trail and Argentina.

The former South Carolina governor finished his second term in office three years ago with his political career dead in the water thanks to a well-publicized extra-marital affair and ethics violations. But he came away Tuesday with a victory over Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for a vacant House seat in the Palmetto State's 1st Congressional District - the same seat he once held.

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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
May 7th, 2013
11:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford completes political comeback in South Carolina race

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Mark Sanford is living proof that life is full of second chances.

The former Republican governor of South Carolina, whose political career was left for dead along the Appalachian Trail after an extramarital affair, asked for, and Tuesday received, political redemption as he won a special election to fill a vacant House seat that he once occupied.

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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
Sanford wins South Carolina House vote
May 7th, 2013
08:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford wins South Carolina House vote

(CNN) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford will win the race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects. With 70% of the vote in, Republican Sanford leads Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54%-45%.

Once considered a possible presidential candidate, Sanford left office at the end of his term having admitted to an extramarital affair and under a cloud of ethics violations. He represented the district for three terms before being elected governor.

Before the race, businesswoman Colbert Busch was best known as the sister of Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
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.
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Filed under: John Boehner • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
May 7th, 2013
07:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Sanford: Comeback race in 'good Lord and voters' hands'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Take a former Republican governor whose political career was left for dead along the Appalachian Trail after an infamous affair.

Add a Democratic candidate best known as the sister of Comedy Central show host Stephen Colbert.

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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
In South Carolina politics, two very different campaign styles
May 5th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
1 year ago

In South Carolina politics, two very different campaign styles

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – The race for the open U.S. House seat in South Carolina's special election Tuesday showcases two very different candidates with two very different campaign styles.

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch is criss-crossing the district in a fully wrapped tour bus with her name plastered along the outside. It's a look that evokes a presidential campaign. She travels with an entourage that, this weekend, included Jon Bauman, better known as Bowzer from the rock group Sha Na Na. He goes with her to rallies and sings a few chords from "Blue Moon," ending with "Vote for Colbert Busch" in his booming low voice.
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Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
2016 watch: Biden, Cruz headline events in South Carolina
May 4th, 2013
12:11 AM ET
1 year ago

2016 watch: Biden, Cruz headline events in South Carolina

(CNN) – While the countdown to the next presidential election has already begun with talk of potential contenders, it felt like the 2016 drumroll picked up a little more speed Friday night in South Carolina.

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas headlined events less than two miles apart in the Palmetto State, known for holding the first presidential primary in the South during election years.
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Filed under: 2016 • Joe Biden • South Carolina • Ted Cruz
May 1st, 2013
11:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Sanford focused on Pelosi in run up to vote

(CNN) - She's the other woman in a special congressional election in South Carolina that's captured national attention.

No. We're not talking about Maria Belen Chapur, the woman from Argentina who in 2009 was involved in an affair with Gov. Mark Sanford. Fast forward to 2013 and the former governor is now divorced from his wife and engaged to Chapur, and he's seeking political redemption as he runs for a vacant House seat that he once held for three terms. Sanford's been very open about the affair on the campaign trail making it the subject of his first political ad.
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Filed under: Mark Sanford • Nancy Pelosi • South Carolina
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