By Henry Decker

WATCH: Mark Sanford Releases First Campaign Ad

February 18, 2013 1:36 pm Category: Memo Pad 6 Comments A+ / A-

Disgraced former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford’s political comeback is officially underway, with the release of the first ad of his congressional campaign.

Sanford was widely viewed as a national Republican leader and potential presidential candidate until June of 2009, when he cut off all contact with his staff and family, and disappeared for six days. When he returned to South Carolina, Sanford revealed that he had not been hiking the Appalachian Trail (as his spokesman had claimed,) but was in Argentina carrying out an extramarital affair. The revelation ended Sanford’s marriage, and seemingly ended his political career.

Just over three years later, however, Sanford is back, in pursuit of the congressional seat vacated by now-Senator Tim Scott. In his first ad, titled “Change Washington,” Sanford confronts the scandal that derailed his career.

“More recently, I’ve experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes,” Sanford says in the ad. “But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it. In that light, I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington.”

Sanford, who served three terms in the House before being elected governor in 2002, is viewed as a strong contender in a crowded Republican field which contains 15 declared candidates. The winner of that primary will likely face Elizabeth Colbert Busch — sister of comedian Stephen Colbert — who is favored to win the Democratic nomination.

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  • Baron Cormac

    Sure, if you consider a “mistake” getting caught with your pants down in another country with someone you aren’t married to, especially when telling everyone (including the person you ARE married to) that you are hiking the Appalachian Trail.

  • Sand_Cat

    But he’s from SC, where they are always in contention for last place in education: his chances are excellent.

  • charleo1

    “My fellow South Carolinians. As I walked along the tree covered paths, and scenic mountain tops
    of the Appalachian Trail. It occurred to me, as a lifetime politician, that I had never run for the
    Senate!” “So, seeing as I have few marketable skills for being anything other than a politician, I think being your Senator would be a real fun job!” “And Lord knows I need a job.”

  • bpai99

    Sanford doesn’t say it in this ad, but elsewhere he has said that God forgives him and wants to him to run for office again. That’s good enough for me.

    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B. Anthony

  • nobsartist

    He has a big future selling used cars from hurricane sandy.

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