Columbia, SC — President Lincoln said: “I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
The day former Gov. Mark Sanford made his confession to our state, many hearts broke, and citizens felt betrayed. Yes, I do believe God forgives. However, there are some things we do that leave permanent scars and change our course forever.
Surely South Carolina would not consider voting this same person back into office who was unfaithful not only to his spouse but to his constituents.
During the time I served on the State Board of Education, teachers with criminal records came before us asking for a second chance. Though many were truly remorseful, we could not in good conscience put them back in the classroom.
An individual’s values can not be separated from who he will be in office. Our values determine how we make our decisions.
If you want to send someone with fresh ideas and family values to Congress — values upon which America was built — the choice is clear.
The moral compass of our country is in our hands as we vote on Tuesday in the First Congressional District Republican runoff.