This is just a short post to congratulate South Carolina’s new congressman-elect, Mark Sanford. Although he’s obviously not a perfect person, I am glad that the voters gave him a second chance. Endorsed by both Ron and Rand Paul, Sanford, a Republican is a greater advocate of fiscal conservatism and individual liberty than his rival, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Additionally, as strange as this may sound, I agree with publisher Larry Flynt who also endorsed Sanford, saying, “His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery.” Although it wasn’t right of Sanford to use government funds to visit his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, or to lie about it, it was brave of him to eventually tell the truth about what happened, and to leave a marriage that was not making him happy.
Another reason why I’m glad Sanford won is because he is an underdog. Not only did his scandalous personal life put him at a disadvantage with voters, but his ex-wife decided to report him to the police for trespassing when he went to her house to watch the Super Bowl with his son. As a result of this, the National Republican Congressional Committee abruptly stopped funding his campaign. Sanford was outspent by Busch’s campaign, as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC. Plus, Busch was even listed on the ballot twice, under both the Democratic and Working Families parties.
Sanford will soon begin his term in Congress and is planning to marry Chapur, whom he has called his “soul mate.” I hope that both of these things work out for him.