Sanford to announce return to politics on Wednesday
January 15th, 2013
03:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Sanford to announce return to politics on Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will formally announce his campaign for the U.S. House on Wednesday morning, an aide to the governor confirmed.

CNN first reported Sanford's planned political comeback in December.

Sanford confirmed his intentions in an interview with the conservative National Review on Tuesday afternoon.

He addressed concerns about the extramarital affair that many thought ended his political career in 2009. That summer, Sanford left the state without telling his staff to visit his girlfriend in Argentina, and admitted the affair in an emotional press conference carried live on national television.

"I think that the bigger issue is, don't judge any one person by their best day, don't judge them by their worst day," Sanford said Tuesday. "Look at the totality, the whole of their life, and make judgments accordingly."

Sanford's ex-wife Jenny told reporters Monday that Mark's ability to handle questions about the affair "will make or break his campaign."

Sanford said he will focus his House campaign on issues of debt and spending.

Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the United States Senate late last year by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The open House seat has already drawn a bumper crop of possible Republican candidates, including state Sen. Larry Grooms and Teddy Turner, the son of CNN founder Ted Turner.

The deadline to file for the seat is Friday.

Whoever wins the GOP primary on March 19 is all-but-certain to take the seat, since the district is drawn to favor Republicans. The general election will take place on May 7.

Sanford, who resides in the Charleston area, represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001.

In 2002, he was elected governor, serving two terms and plotting an eventual presidential campaign before the affair derailed his national ambitions.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Hahahaha @ Teatrolls who crapped on Weiner in the previous article.

    January 15, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    And he will probably be elected. If you look up hypocrites and conservatives in the dictionary, you will see pictures of todays republican party. Pathetic. All those people complaining about Weiner.....

    January 15, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Perhaps he should forget politics. That would leave more time for hiking the Appalachian trail.

    January 15, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    ............with that Argentino Bimbo???? Ha.ha.ha.haaaa!!!!

    January 15, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Back from the Appalachian Trail, it's disgraced Gov. Sanford. lol.

    January 15, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Mark in Seattle

    Maybe he can get some advise from the diaper guy in Louisiana.

    January 15, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Paul in NH

    the party of family values strikes again – another inmate for the asylum – and the fact that the district is safe from a real challenger is the saddest statement on the current state of election politics in this country – the Dems really need to be planning a massive effort to win back a number of state legislatures come 2020 when the next Census comes out to redraw the map to more represent 'we the people' –

    January 15, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Sorensen

    He is a disgraced, ridiculous, idiotic coward. And obviously not very bright.
    Probably fit pretty well into the GOP.

    January 15, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Grahame Rhodes

    Oh good more fodder for late nught

    January 15, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Grahame Rhodes

    Oh good more fodder for late night

    January 15, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. GOP= Greed Over People (Party)

    He should be the tea baggers fav.

    January 15, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. 2012liberal

    I'm sure since he prayed 2 god 4 forgiveness all is good now. Cant agree with u more paul in nh. We had al green running against demint in 2010. If that's the best the dems can find n that state. We r screwed.

    January 15, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. kayla

    and they call themselves CONSERVATIVES. LOL

    January 15, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |