May 8th, 2013
08:12 AM ET
7 years ago

Sanford doesn't have much to say to Weiner

(CNN) - If former Rep. Anthony Weiner was hoping to get any insights from congressman-elect Mark Sanford on making a political comeback, it looks like he's out of luck.

Asked during an interview on CNN's "Starting Point" on whether the former Republican governor has any advice for Weiner as he considers making a bid for New York City mayor this year, Sanford said he's not looking to impart any wisdom.

"I wouldn't presume to give any other politician advice," Sanford told CNN's John Berman.

"I just know that we had a rather robust conversation down here in the first congressional district," he added, referring to the debate over federal spending in Washington.

In a closely-watched race, Sanford defeated his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, in Tuesday's special election for a U.S. House seat in South Carolina. Describing himself as "Lazarus" in his victory speech, Sanford was fully aware of the major comeback he made after an extramarital affair in 2009 tarnished his reputation as governor of the state and later led to divorce in 2010.

Sanford finished out his term in 2011 under a cloud of ethics concerns, but began expressing interest in politics again after former Rep. Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate, leaving the seat vacant. Sanford represented the same House seat in the 90s before becoming governor.

"(The race) was obviously complicated given my own past in 2009, so what I would say is I wouldn't presume to give anybody else advice," Sanford said. "I'm trying to worry about the log in my own eye, if you will, before I worry about sticks in anybody else's."

Weiner, a Democrat, has said he's eyeing the mayoral bid and has taken steps signaling he's interested in having a more high-profile role in public policy. Once considered a strong contender for New York mayor, his political career was derailed after he was caught, then lied about, sending lewd photos and message to multiple women via social media. He resigned in June 2011.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    America , the GOP forgives you !

    May 8, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey South Kaka,don't come crying to us about Argentina....okay?

    May 8, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Of course he doesn't. And we all know Weiner is going to lose. Apparently it's worse to tweet a naked photo than to cheat on your wife, go AWL on your government job and family, and leave the country to be with your jump off.

    The southern states NEVER fail to disappoint. Still backwards as ever. The South, where white males still rule like it's 1862.

    May 8, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! this is truly almost unbelievable !! I guess that's the way it works – it shows you or shall I say gives you Info regarding how the "south" (below the Mason-Dixon line) are a bunch of hypocrites – not to mention that they love to criticize others, while they do the same thing, that they are criticizing others about. In other words, they slam their own guy, but yet they vote for him. LOL – Well, all I can say is this : some people in some states are dumber than a sled track. I say : go Mr. Weiner and everyone else ! ( even the guy that was in the airport restroom, in Minnesota)

    May 8, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. Donna

    Weiner is a Democrat. If he wants advice he should get it from Slick Willy, the BJ President.

    May 8, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. Peoples State of Illinois


    Well, I suppose by now it should be obvious to everyone that the Sanford campaign has decided they can't win the contest if they run against Colbert-Busch. Buh-bye, were entertaining, but show's over....tick tock...15 minutes up.
    Looks like you were wrong again, as usual.

    May 8, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Peoples State of Illinois



    Pelosi is a perfect example of what's wrong with this country.
    What's wrong with this country is a radical, obnoxious gaggle of fearful, narrow-minded, right-wing bigots who get all of their distorted viewpoints and mindless conspiracies from hate media. You spend all of your time desperately working each issue to find fault with the political opposition rather than trying to help America.
    They are working to help America, the problems are the policies of the "political opposition," so they fight agianst them.

    May 8, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings – but when I hear or read about McConnell and some of those other republicans that has been in congress term after term after term, this is what I predict will happen. They will get re-elected, why ? because the 25% of the voting people that she lost with – ( I think Sanford was at 75% & Colbert was @ 50%) or something like that. Anyway – the 25% or whatever percentage points she lost by – was because those are the people that don't keep up with current events, or any form of politics. Heck, that 25% probably didn't know Sanford's history, other than they recognized his name on the ballot box. That's why those guys stay in – for life.

    May 8, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. DJ Reality

    This is the kind of republican South Carolina wants? Sad very sad.

    May 8, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Pete

    Sanford for all purposes should keep his mouth shut..He shouldn't say anything about Weiner and being obviously guiltier he shouldn't had run in politics either but its always easier for republicans because corruption,unethical behavior,ignorence and bigotry run rampant amongst them don't it ..So to all of you bible toting so called sanctumonious ones in republicans especially in S.Carolina you better keep your mouths shut until you clean your own messes up from Hoover to now with Sanford ,all republicans ,all failures costing Americans and its got to stop!!

    May 8, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I wouldn't presume to give any other politician advice," Sanford told CNN's John Berman.

    The "Help Elect Mark Sanford Campaign" at CNN ought to be very proud of themselves. Never has a less viable candidate than Mr. Argentina been given so much attention ... for so little return.

    Mark Sanford might not "presume" in his little world of hypocrisy, but he will insist a sitting president be impeached for what turned out to be less of a moral issue than that which Sanford himself underwent as Governor of South Carolina.

    Am I shocked that Sanford won election? Absolutely not. It was a given he would win. I am shocked that so many are so willing to count this "win" as a GOP victory.

    Please proceed with the GOPerville re-branding, Mr. Reince Priebus (and CNN).

    May 8, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "Oh yeah, and Anthony, maybe try talking on camera to an inanimate object as though it's talking back to you. These idiots seem to love that."

    May 8, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |