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S.C. Gov Candidate Pulls Down Sanford Pic

State Rep. Nikki Haley, who is widely seen as Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) choice to replace him as governor of South Carolina in 2010, has removed a picture of the governor from her campaign Web site.

As recently as last evening, Haley's site prominently featured an image of Sanford as part of a rolling slide show on the homepage. A quote from Sanford calling Haley "a terrific and inspiring choice" was featured underneath the picture.

By this morning, however, the Sanford image had been removed -- replaced by a photo of Haley alone and one of her with her family.


An e-mail to Haley's spokesman seeking an explanation was not immediately returned.

Haley is one of four Republicans seeking to replace Sanford in 2010. State Attorney General Henry McMaster, Rep. Gresham Barrett and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer are also in the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 24, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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Posted by: opp88 | June 25, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Now look it's the Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford! This isn't a joke. You might have voted for this guy.

The republican party is just that, a sex party. Get your Congressional Capitol Page, cop in a men's room, hooker, gay staffer, Argentinian somebody on a politicians salary and perks. All you got to do to save your mamby-pamby job is apologize as you invoke Jesus's name and squeeze out a tear or two and they'll vote you in again.

I could swear I heard Sanford say he and she when he was talking at his news conference. Which is it? That could be important too...

Can't any Republican control themself? Newt Gingrich, Mario Cuomo, John McCain, Mark Sanford, John Ensign, David Vitter, Larry Craig, Bob Barr are a few names that are recent Liars and Adulterers and mostly Hypocrites. These Bible-thumping, holier than thou, I know what is right for you because I talk to Jesus, homophobic liars should be castrated for their crimes against their own obsessively dillussional "sanctity of marriage".

They're happy to put our kids in jail for smoking marijuana, just to save those kids from themselves in their insane war on kids called the drug war. But they whine about how sorry they are and we should forgive them because they say it Jesus' name. They know how to ask for forgiveness because they teach it at the republican party meetings, they are parties really. Those family-value fornicators have been burning our kids lives at the stake in their witch-hunt for marijuana users since we were kids. I say we put their political lives up on the stake in the same way and put them in jail for lying to so many people that depended on their judgment and compassion. And got "NO" instead. Compassionate conservativism, the "screw you" answer that you just can't understand because it takes up three books of legaleeze. Warning: Don't eat the yellow snow and don't lick the "trickle down".

Or we could just snip off their... Somebody has got to be held accountable or everyone will follow their lead and destroy what's left of marriage, divorce. Just like they destroyed bankruptcy.

Posted by: iamuhuh | June 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, we now know Nikki Haley won't be the next governor of South Carolina. It'll probably take her a few months to accept it, but it's over for her.

Posted by: Route1 | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"What's the over-under for Sanford still being governor in a month?"

Apparently my timeframe was off by an order of magnitude or three.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it's going to be Palin in 2012. No, not kidding...

"It’s really striking how much more popular Sarah Palin is among Republicans than just about any other GOP figure. She really rules the GOP!

Take a look at her latest numbers in the new Pew poll (click to enlarge):

Palin is just crushing other GOPers in popularity among Republicans, with 73%, leading runner-up Mitt Romney by 16 points. And that’s in spite of all Romney’s recent Mittmentum.

Palin is beating Newt Gingrich by even more, 18 points, even though Gingrich has emerged as a kind of intellectual forefather of the modern GOP. And she’s slaughtering poor Michael Steele by 45 points.

That standoff with David Letterman must have really worked among the rank and file. Other GOP leaders not named here, such as the Congressional leadership, aren’t even close. It says a lot about the state of the GOP that there isn’t another current Republican official who is anywhere near being in her league.


Update: As commenter Farinata X notes, a lot of this could be driven by the appeal that Palin’s special politics of resentment and grievance has for the base. That was on display to the max during her Letterman standoff."-

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Mark, yes, to me, Bipolar Disorder is a real possibility and may be the only "rational" explanation for what has occurred here; anything else will be a scandal. We will know soon.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

What you say may be true, Mark, but it doesn't look like the trip was a whim at all. There appears to be proof that someone previously known went with him, in the form of a car parked next to his at the airport.

I expect the rest of what I heard should be out by tomorrow.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Narcissistic politicians destroying themselves is not a partisan issue.

But you are certainly correct with regard to Republican hypocrites carrying the "social conservative" mantle.

Further, it seems odd to me that the Libertarian wing of the Right is actually Left, to the extent that they are radically liberal in re governments' roles in our personal lives (Ron Paul, etc.) than any Socialist would be.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, you discussed narcissistic tendencies but suggested something more, here. I am a lawyer, not a "shrink", but I have seen bipolar 2 folks who are usually competent but gamble, or fly off on a whim, or think they are going to become actresses or who drive as if all driving was SCA rallying, or who have multiple "affairs".

Argentina on a whim coupled with self-described adventure seeking, from a man who I think exhibits a slightly depressed appearance most of the time makes me wonder.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 24, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, shrink, it is a 'partisan issue' only in that for how long now, has the GOP claimed the mantle of 'family values'? And we have all seen how completely hypocritical that is. A far higher percentage of them have in the last few years have been guilty of what they themselves call 'immorality' than have Dems.

And going way back to Shakespeare, '"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

You can pretty much figure that those who are most loudly proclaiming their virtue are the least likely to have any.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Ddawd, the "partisan"" part of vbhoomes' note was that he thought it was b/c LA was D and MS was R. This was a case of personal ineptitude at Blanco's office and petty squabbling. Jindal is much better, not because he is an R, but because he is much better than Blanco."

Yeah, if it was anyone else making this comparison, I'd say it wasn't a partisan thing, but vbhoomes has a history of making idiotic partisan statements. He has said quite a few times that the reason Michigan is doing so bad is because its a blue state and seems to forget that places like Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana are very red and very destitute. Maybe we could give him the benefit of the doubt and say that this one time he was making a nuanced point comparing two individuals on a non-partisan basis, but I wouldn't make that assumption any more than I would give Rush Limbaugh the benefit of the doubt.

And yeah, Jindal is better than Blanco. It's not even close. He seems to be head-up-the-assish on the stimulus, but I can't think of a whole lot that I've had major problems with when it comes to Jindal. Gustav was handled a LOT better than Katrina. Yeah, Gustav wasn't as bad, but I think the true assessment of disaster response is what is done BEFORE the disaster moreso than after.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 24, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

LOL - (commenting about the actual post)

Something about rats and sinking ships comes to mind. Apparently Nikki Haley can't run fast enough from South Carolina's version of Eva Perón.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | June 24, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Replying here to ddawd, BB, and vbhoomes about Katrina -

Louisiana's response was poor - particularly the governor's response in never getting back to either Gov. Richardson or Goodhair about their offers of National Guard help three days before the levees broke. She stranded 2000 NM NG at the airport in Albuquerque and had Goodhair saying "just call me". Richardson could not believe that she was so incompetent, so he kept the NG at the ready.

Meanwhile, TX has a longstanding coastal evac plan loosely called "The Galveston Plan", which it used to accept a quarter million from LA. You have got to believe we all held our breath when Rita came because we were already full of refugees.

It is a fair point to say that Biloxi was a tenth the size of N.O. However, it is also fair to say that on the Gulf Coast, Kathleen Blanco's name is mud. You yankees may not know this, but Ray Nagin, who is clean by N.O. and perhaps real standards, supported Jindal against her in 2003 - and her dalliance on sending help from Baton Rouge to N.O. was petty, personal, stupid, and ran her out of office. Haley Barbour worked with all his coastal towns and ran a good evac.

Ddawd, the "partisan"" part of vbhoomes' note was that he thought it was b/c LA was D and MS was R. This was a case of personal ineptitude at Blanco's office and petty squabbling. Jindal is much better, not because he is an R, but because he is much better than Blanco.
Nagel is much better than Blanco. Heck, Goodhair is better than Blanco.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 24, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago I remarked at how we are laughing at yet another Republican trying to make it big on the national scene taking a dive into the pool of irrelevance.

The walls of that pool are steep, the water is cold and deep.

But it is not really a partisan issue, it is a narcissism issue (or perhaps a bone fide mental health problem in this case). Clinton, Spitzer, Eugene McCarthy(!), John Edwards, the list of people jumping into the pool of their own reflection will never end.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 24, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. This turd Sanford got tired of the "bubble" he's been in as governor of a small state. And he wants to be PRESIDENT? LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Since we're talkin' Argentina today, Sarah Palin sort of reminds me of Evita Peron.

I'd class her as a winner too, since another hurdle to her nomination in 2012 is out of the way. That would make Barack Obama a big, big winner.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

winner - the wimpering and soft Barry Obambi. the attention on his weakness is temporarily abated. the failure of all his policies is not given its due.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 24, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960 writes
"Let's start today's Winners and Losers Fix post.

Winner: Sen. John Ensign"

Not bad.

I'm thinking along the lines of tracking 'The Rising' curse. Ensign was profiled in that series a couple months ago; Sanford didn't yet make it - and now won't. Will The Rising claim any more aspirants - or is it just a 'coincidence'?

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 24, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's start today's Winners and Losers Fix post.

Winner: Sen. John Ensign

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 24, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the over-under for Sanford still being governor in a month?

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 24, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, this is the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 24, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this sh*t is just sad. I didn't think his ship was sinking THAT fast. Nikki must know what really went down.

Posted by: mattfugazi | June 24, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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