Mark Sanford’s reemergence on the political landscape is an affront to South Carolinians in general and the residents of the 1st Congressional District in particular. Maybe the former governor has taken one too many trips on the Appalachian Trail and is suffering from an acute case of hyperventilation.
Mr. Sanford has the gall to ask voters to put their trust in him after his egregious dereliction of duty while serving as governor.
His lapse of judgment and amorous escapades in Argentina with his lover, Maria Chapur, should be enough to disqualify him from serving in any high-profile political capacity. Not only did he turn his back on the people of South Carolina, but collateral damage ensued as his family was torn asunder.
The people of the 1st District should bear these facts in mind as they elect their next representative in March. We expect a higher standard from our leaders, and Mr. Sanford failed to live up to those expectations.
Then again, this is South Carolina, and anything can happen. People tend to have short memories, and many forgive the shortcomings of their political leaders. However, Mr. Sanford needs to pack his bags and take another extended hike on the Appalachian Trail.