Mark Sanford the ex-Governor of South Carolina won the Republican Primary runoff against former Charleston county council member Curtis Bostic. It was not even close. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Sanford had 57% of the vote and Bostic had 43% of the vote according to the Huffington Post.
It will be a very entertaining special election in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district. Lest one forget, Mark Sanford was South Carolina’s Governor that disappeared from his state for seven days. When his staff was questioned about his disappearance after two days, they said he was hiking the Appalachian Trails. When he was cornered at the Atlanta airport by a reporter, he revealed he had gone to Argentina for a seven day trip. He subsequently gave a news conference, video below, where he confessed to an affair with an Argentinian woman [source].
Mark Sanford’s wife, Jenny Sanford gave an interview to Barbara Walters. In that interview she stated as reported at ABCNews
South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford recalls how she made the "leap of faith" to marry husband Gov. Mark Sanford even though the groom refused to promise to be faithful, insisting that the clause be removed from their wedding vows.
"It bothered me to some extent, but ... we were very young, we were in love," she said in an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters to air on "20/20" Friday. "I questioned it, but I got past it ... along with other doubts that I had."
Many Republicans have stated that marriage equality is an assault on heterosexual marriage. They like to hold themselves up as the defenders of the country’s morality. Yet, Sanford insisted that the promise to be faithful clause of his wedding vows be removed. Republican Senator David Vitter embarrassed his wife by having her stand next to him as he had a press conference about his affairs with prostitutes. A day before Sanford’s news conference, Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada apologized for an affair with a campaign staffer.
South Carolina has a choice to make. They must decide if the family values their party likes to expound, the private sector business acumen they claim they support, and the responsibility and accountability they want in government is best represented by someone with a severe character flaw like Mark Sanford. They have a choice to elect a strong and upstanding business woman in Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, is Director of Sales and Marketing of Clemson’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility, founder and former member of the Executive Board of Directors of Charleston Women in International Trade, and former member of the College of Charleston’s Business College Alumni Advisory Board.
A vote for Mark Sanford over Elizabeth Colbert Busch would illustrate the hypocrisy of the Conservative ideology for all to see. Need more be said?