And then there’s the story of Mark Sanford, the man who’s running against Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for the seat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
For those of you who don’t know, Mark Sanford was once the governor of South Carolina.
Well that was until…
While he was governor, yes while the man was the active governor of a state, he vanished for 5 days. When he eventually emerged, he claimed he had been hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Let that sink in for a moment. The governor of a state says he decided to just up and leave to go hiking, refusing to return calls or keep in touch with anyone—including his wife and 4 children.
Oh, but it gets worse. You see, he wasn’t really hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He was in Argentina, seeing his mistress. Yes, the married father of 4, left the state of which he was governor (without giving notice) to travel out of the country to visit his mistress.
He has since left his wife, and 4 children, for that same mistress (who he’s now engaged to). But I’m not sure if he became engaged to this mistress before or after he admitted to illegally trespassing at his ex-wife’s beach house to watch the Super Bowl with one of his sons.
Yet here he is, with a real shot at beating Elizabeth Colbert Busch in this special election being held today. The latest polls had the race in a dead heat.
How in the hell does that happen? A man who by all accounts is reprehensible, who abandoned his job while governor for 5 days–leaving the country to have an affair without telling anyone, is on the verge of winning the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
Isn’t South Carolina part of the “Bible belt?” Aren’t Republicans the party of the “moral majority?” Aren’t conservatives the ones always whining about the “decay of family values?”
Yet they’re going to vote for this man? Pathetic.
It’s just another example of conservative hypocrisy. These people who preach the Bible, morals and judge everyone they disagree with—are set to vote for a man who left his family for another woman.
And you know what, that’s not even the worst part to me. I don’t agree with it, but that’s his personal business and something he has to deal with.
But the man left his state (and country) for 5 days while governor, without telling anyone, to have an affair. How in the hell could you vote for someone who vanished, refusing to return anyone’s phone calls, while they were governor of your state?
So conservatives, when you’re on your soapbox about all the “immoral Godless liberals” that are “ruining family values,” remember you voted for someone like Mark Sanford—we didn’t.
*UPDATE* (7:35 pm Central time, 5/7/2013)
It’s official, Mark Sanford has been declared the winner over Elizabeth Colbert Busch. The next time you hear a Republican praising their party as the party for “family values” and “morals,” be sure to laugh hysterically as you walk away.
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