Sanford Now Toxic to Gubernatorial Candidates
Apparently when you're running to succeed a governor who is now the prime poster boy for scandal for the Republican Party, you don't want your name anywhere near the story.
One of the politicians who hopes to succeed Mark Sanford when his South Carolina gubernatorial term expires in 2010 is Rep. Gresham Barrett ( R-S.C.), a declared candidate for governor of the Palmetto State.
Asked for his reaction to Sanford's explosive news conference this afternoon -- watch the video here -- in which he confessed he has carried on an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina for more than a year, Barrett instead released this tersely worded statement:
"I keep the governor and his family in my prayers during this difficult time."
Barrett is one of four Republicans seeking to replace Sanford next year. The others are: State Attorney General Henry McMaster; Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer; and state Rep. Nikki Haley, who, as the Fix reports, did some tweaking to her Web site this morning.
She removed a photo of none other than Mark Sanford, whose glowing recommendation she had prominently touted on her site, until things went from weird to bizarre -- but before they went to shockingly wild.
Mary Ann Akers
June 24, 2009; 4:57 PM ET
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