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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.

Smart thinking.

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.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 24, 2009; 4:57 PM ET
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It wasn't enough for the Republicans to ruin the economy; now they're outsourcing adultery.


Posted by: MikeLicht | June 25, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

The republicans and conservatives are a disgrace to society, for holding themselves holier than the rest with their so called family values platform!! Shame on all of the right wing gooks!!

Posted by: maripil | June 25, 2009 3:58 AM | Report abuse

While maripil's comments are harsh, she is right. As long as the GOP allows itself to be held hostage to the extreme religious right, it will continue to eat its young as more and more up and coming political leaders are shown to be unwashed and fallible. While many pundits see this as a possible death knell to the party, I think it is (at long last) a golden opportunity to get back to its basic tenets of efficient, less intrusive government. These should meet everyone's approval but the message is lost when hypocrits stand in front of microphones spouting how pious they are only to be shown to be screwing around with someone else. The GOP may have lost its opportunity (at least for a whle) to make dent Obama's popularity. It will continue to do so so long as it has a "do as I say, not as I do" perception.

Posted by: panamajack | June 25, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I would like to know when the church is going to figure out that Bushes Billion dollar donation turned the countries religous into right wingers. And proved that they could be bought and sold. We've seen their super preacher's having affairs with gay men and being a druggie at the same time. We've seen their party members preaching family and loyalty and one after another cheat on their wife and family, and so much as sell their families down the road. We've known of their party leaders and think tank leaders to talk religion and faith that have been married and divorced 3 times. And even marry woman almost half their age. These same men claim their self holy and pass judgement on everyone else that's not in their party. They can not comprehend the idea of a humble christian religion. They use religion as a stepping stone and take advantage of simple minded religous hypocrites who will believe anything they say or do to be the gospel truth. The christian leaders have forgotten that Jesus was a liberal. They cannot comprehend that there are no people in the left or right that believe or want abortion. They will not admit that there are people that get caught up in pregnancy in their party. They will not admit that they use the subject as a crutch and have no intention of stopping it. This is a perfect example why religion is the sin of the world. They talk a lot of crap on gays until their running for office. And then let them get away with makeing a spectacle out of their self in public and on TV. After 6 years of their full control the country is in the worse shape in its history. They pass the buck and the blame on the new president in his first month in office. The blame has been spun from Clinton to Obama all while Bush is in office. And the right wing pea brains believe them. Its hard to believe that a bunch of right wing blowhards on right wing news and talk partisan talk have divided this country to the brink of collapse. I could ask them if they could find more than one left wing radio station that carries left wing talk? and then I could ask them how many right wing talk radio station they listen too? I listen to at least 10 of them to 1 of the left. Communism most powerful weapon is propaganda and partisan talk. During the cold war 4% of the Russian government was communist. That 4% controlled the country with partisan propaganda. Over thirteen years ago on the campaign trail for B.Dole for president Snewt Gingrich said that Americans were just going to have to learn that they weren't going to have it so good. President Clinton proved him to be wrong with a real economic gain and surplus which they still deny and spin to this day. And now after 8 years of Bush and 5 trillion dollars so much as missing, plus the money that was coming in and the surplus gone, their hidden agenda for America has been put into effect for years to come if not forever.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | June 25, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

KIMKIMMINNI makes some very good points, but why does she listen to 20right wing radio programs if she dislikes them so much. I dislike Limbaugh extremely, so I don't listen to him.
Same with the other blatherers on either extreme.

I am a lifelong registered Republican, until lately, at least, but have voted for several Democratic Presidential candidates, and some for other offices, national, state, and local. I haven't kept score, but seems to me we have more than enough hypocrites, and sexual prowlers throughout the spectrum of would-be, as well as in-office politicians.

As a relative newcomer to S.Carolina (16 years), I have seen questionable behavior from both sides of the aisle. In many other states, Sanford' stand on stimulus funds would be heroic, here it is Quixotic, because the state lags behind almost all others in education and other critical areas. In my observation of Mark Sanford, I see him as an autocratic and arrogant man who does have some redeeming priorities and principles, now lost in the current saga. At the same time, any governor in this state is more figurehead than executive, but there are few executive powers granted to him. we are principally governed by the legislature, which is occupied by the same politics that were once owned by the Democrats, for a while by the Dixiecrats, and now carrying the label "Republican".

The state would benefit by Sanford's relocation to Argentina, perhaps, but his wife and sons will always be disgraced by his now open personal weakness. I hope that Jenny and the boys will gain from his departure, should he opt for it, voluntarily or otherwise.

Posted by: oldtom | June 25, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I am so f##king sick of this story. Did you cover the fact that prisoners held at Bagram prisons are testifying to torture BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?

No--because you all were in an orgy of sex, lies and email coverage.


Posted by: islvoter | June 25, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Another hypocrite will bite the dust soon enough. Big deal, so none of them resigned. How do they get through the day?
If my husband ever humiliated me like they have I would cut off his balls. What is wrong with their poor wives? Just remember, a stiff prick has no conscience.

Where are the conservative Republican leaders? Or are they covering up their sordid affairs as well.

The latest rumor is that Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin will try to run against Obama in 2012.

Posted by: paulagoldman20 | June 25, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Unlike most people in this country I don't give a dam what one does or does not do in their private life but how well do they do the job we elected them to do...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | June 26, 2009 3:45 AM | Report abuse

People in glass houses should not throw stones!!!

Posted by: jihadalready | June 26, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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