Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford must appear in court two days after running for a vacant congressional seat to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home, according to court documents acquired by The Associated Press on Tuesday. The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cell phone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed the complaint the next day and Jenny Sanford confirmed Tuesday the documents are authentic. The couple's 2010 divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission. Mark Sanford lives about a 20-minute drive away in downtown Charleston.
Over to you, Mr. Candidate:
"It's an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court. I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."
But as AP asks, how is that an excuse? Why not invite the lad to your place in order to, you know, avoid breaking the law? There's more. Remember how Sanford's South American honey-turned-fiancee surprised the political world when she showed up at his primary run-off victory party? Guess what that occasion happened to mark? Ugh:
First time Mark Sanford's sons ever met his mistress-turned-fiancee was on stage and on camera at his victory party -- Former governor Mark Sanford used the victory party the night that he won the Republican nomination in the South Carolina congressional race as the time to introduce his son to his new fiancée. On stage in front of a band of reporters and photographers comes as a surprising time to facilitate a meeting between his 14-year-old son and his former mistress. Sanford's extramarital affair with Argentinean journalist Maria Belen Chapur lead to the end of his marriage to Jenny Sanford and the downward spiral of his political career.
Oh hey, son. Here's the pretty lady I cheated on your mother with...we're getting married! Smile for the reporters, son. And please don't tell your mother about this. I'm still hoping she'll drop those charges from that time I broke the law by showing up at the house. But I only did that because I'm such a great dad. Right? And with that, the NRCC is peacing out of the race:
Following revelations that his ex-wife accused him of trespassing on her property earlier this year, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) has lost the support of his national party. The news comes as controversy continues to swirl around Sanford and his personal life — a process that began with his well-publicized 2009 affair but was inflamed, the Washington Post has learned, when one of the Sanfords’ sons met Mark Sanford’s former mistress for the first time the night he won the GOP nomination. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday took the unusual step of telegraphing that it will not spend money on his special election campaign. “Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” the NRCC said in a statement, which was first reported by Politico.
Bye. No matter what happens next month, the voters of this district will get what they deserve. Via the DC, fish in a barrel for the DCCC:
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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