Mark Sanford’s Redemption Day?

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“Wife-cheater”, and trespasser, Mark Sanford, believes he will be redeemed today.  In a special election in the first congressional district of South Carolina being held today, he says he is confident.

Although he had lied to his wife and the people of South Carolina, and spent taxpayer money to visit his girlfriend in Brazil, while claiming to be hiking the Appalachian Trail, in what has become a Republican trait, he led Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.  (Preaching morality and family values, and practicing them are two different situations for Republicans.)

When he trespassed on his ex-wife’s property, several times, he lost his lead.  For some reason that was more vile than adultery.  South Carolinians proved they are owned by the Republican Party, as he has bounced back in the polls, leading on election day, today, by a single digit.

“Our race has been officially Pelosi-ized,” said Chad Connelly, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “This has been a Republican seat for 30 years. Our people don’t want to give a seat to a progressive.”

And Connelly is 100% correct.  The voters of South Carolina have proven in the past that they would vote for a child molester, an adulterer, and probably a serial killer, as long as they had an “R” next to their name, before they’d vote for a Democrat who had been canonized.

In the November 2012 election, Mitt Romney carried this area by 18 points.  There appears to be a great deal of apathy, and therefore, a low voter turnout is expected.  Only 15.6% of the state’s eligible Democratic and Republican voters turned out for the primaries.

After the trespassing charge, which will be heard in a couple of days, the Republican National Committee removed its support for Sanford, recognizing him as “damaged goods”.  However, he did receive endorsements from Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Whoever wins, the seat will be up for re-election in 19 months.  If Colbert-Busch does win, it’s doubtful she would win a re-election bid.

The significance of a win or close loss by a Democrat may be seen in the November 2014 mid-term elections.  Whether they be on the left or right side of the aisle, the American people have given the lowest favorability rating to their congressmen in history.  And even many Republicans believe their party has been taking part in obstructive politics.

“It’s clearly a very Republican district. The fact that it is a competitive race shows how flawed a candidate Mark Sanford is,” said Andy Stone, a spokesman for House Majority PAC. “As Republicans choose flawed candidates like him, Democrats can make these races competitive.”

Since 2008, Democrats have won several special elections in GOP-held House districts in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi and New York.

Large contributions have been received by Colbert-Busch from a Liberal Super PAC.  Chad Connelly, the South Carolina GOP Chairman remains confident that Sanford will keep the seat in the Republican column.  He believes their “boots on the ground” campaign will see Sanford victorious this evening.

If nothing else, this election appeals to one’s prurient interests.  Corruption, dishonesty, and sexual scandal are perfect partner’s for politicians.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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