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Sanford Plans To Work With Republicans in Congress

GOP had pulled support for former S.C. Governor's campaign


NewLettersJust days after he manged to resurrect his political career by winning election to Congress, incoming Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. announced he will work with the GOP in the House of Representatives.

This comes even after the National Republican Congressional Committee dropped its support of Sanford in running for the seat vacated by Tim Scott, who was appointed to replace Jim DeMint after he resigned to head the Heritage Foundation.

In April, Sanford was accused of trespassing at his ex-wife’s home. According to several reports, he was there in February to watch the Super Bowl with his son without her permission, in violation of his divorce agreement. Last Wednesday, Sanford settled with his ex-wife, agreeing to pay $5,000 in court costs and to stick to the agreement settled upon in 2010.

Of course, Sanford is probably best known for the incident that led to his divorce — his infamous 2009 disappearance, his excuse that he was traveling on the Appalachian Trail, and the revelation that he was actually in Argentina meeting his mistress. Although he was not removed from his position as governor of South Carolina, few thought upon the end of his term in 2011 that he had a future in politics.

In the end, Sanford turned out not to need Republican financial support in his comeback run for the House seat he held from 1995-2001. He beat his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (sister of Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert), by nearly double-digit percentage points.

Even so, Sanford indicated a willingness to let bygones be bygones. He said he was a “Republican who has always had an independent streak” but he anticipated “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.”‘

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor

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