Mark Sanford

Sanford Says Trump Tweet Sealed His Loss

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) told the Washington Post that President Trump’s tweet slamming him “probably made the difference” in his primary loss, noting that the results were within a few hundred votes of what it would have taken to get into a runoff.

But he added: “I don’t know if the outcome would have been different in the long run, because of the larger tide I was up against.”

Sanford Faces Tough Primary Challenge

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) “has spent the past three years torching President Donald Trump, firmly establishing himself as a staunch critic of the commander-in-chief who, unlike so many others in his party, never came around,” Politico reports.

“Now he’s suddenly at risk of losing his job over it.”

”The once seemingly safe former South Carolina governor, who’s never lost a bid for political office, is sweating in the final days of his primary race against state Rep. Katie Arrington, a political newcomer who’s cast Sanford as a disloyal Never-Trumper.”

Sanford Finds Trump’s Affair with Porn Star ‘Troubling’

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) told the Washington Post that President Trump’s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels was “deeply troubling.”

Sanford, who admitted to having an extramarital affair while governor, also said that there would be hearings if this happened with a Democratic president.

Said Sanford: “What you can’t do is be completely silent on something that is troubling.”

Sanford Says Tax Bill Is Being Misleadingly Sold

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) told the Washington Post that Republicans are not accurately portraying their tax bill: It isn’t a middle-class tax cut, it’s a corporate one.

Said Sanford: “Fundamentally the bill has been mislabeled. From a truth in advertising standpoint it would have been a lot simpler if we just acknowledged really on this bill, which is it’s fundamentally a corporate tax reduction and restructuring bill, period.”

Sanford Says Trump Threatened a Primary Challenge

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) told the Charleston Post & Courier that President Trump threatened to back a primary challenger against him if he didn’t back the GOP health care bill.

The intermediary was Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: “The president asked me to look you square in the eyes and to say that he hoped that you voted ‘no’ on this bill so he could run against you in 2018.”

Said Sanford: “I’ve never had anyone, over my time in politics, put it to me as directly as that.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“In campaign world, rapid response is vital. In governance, it can be lethal if it’s in reaction to things small and unimportant. It just strikes me as crazy that the soon-to-be leader of the free world would be waking up each morning this weekend and tweeting comments about what someone said at a play in New York.”

— Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), on Facebook.

An Inside Look at Mark Sanford

The New York Times runs a fantastic review of The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics by Barton Swaim.

“Mr. Swaim is so talented a writer, and has such an eye for a telling detail, that you suspect you could put him in any workplace — chicken-processing plant, airport sunglass emporium, stoner skate park — and he would make it come alive in the best possible way. He happens to have great material in Governor Sanford, as demanding, disorganized, dissatisfied, conceited, odd, bullying and cheap a boss as a reader could hope for.”

Inside the Fall of Mark Sanford

Here’s a must-read: The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics by Barton Swaim, a former aide to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R).

“Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Through his own experience as the speechwriter for a controversial governor, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist—and what happens when it all comes crashing down.”

McCrory, Sanford Took Payments from Corrupt Lender

Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) “accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers,” the AP reports.

“The two Republicans served as directors at, the Charlotte-based corporate parent of the website LendingTree. As board members, they were entitled to large chunks of restricted company stock if they held their positions long enough. Both resigned after their election victories, which would have rendered their unvested stock worthless had the board not taken special action to provide them early payouts.”

The payments were not fully described in their ethics statements and their timing and total value are only being revealed now.