Last seen getting divorced from his wife and engaged to his former mistress (and inspiring a nauseating number of “Appalachian Trail” jokes), former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican, will be running for Congress again.
Sanford told the National Review Online on Tuesday: “Officially we’re going to announce tomorrow, and then it’s off to the races.”
The race is a special election in the state’s 1st district, which will soon be vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, R, and which Sanford held for three terms from 1995-2001. Current Gov. Nikki Haley, R, tapped Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, R, who left his seat to take a post at the Heritage Foundation.
In 2009, Sanford found himself the subject of a national scandal when he disappeared from his state for several days – with his aides claiming he was hiking the Appalachian Trail – but later confessing that he was off having an affair with an Argentine woman. Sanford was eventually censured, charged with 37 ethics violations and paid a $74,000 fine, though he served out the rest of his term.
“I’m not questioning my failure in certain areas, I certainly mishandled things in that chapter of life,” Sanford told the NRO, adding: “Let’s look at the magnitude of that mistake and let’s judge it in the light of other areas where he hasn’t wavered, as a champion of the taxpayer and reforming government and common-sense solutions.”