The return of Mark Sanford?

In the wake of South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint declaring that he will resign his seat to become president of the Heritage Foundation, whose name should surface as an eventual contender for the seat in 2014 but former Gov. Mark Sanford:

Don’t rule it out. In an interview, the former South Carolina governor said he’d been by bombarded Thursday by calls and emails from former donors and allies encouraging him to consider a run in the 2014 election for Mr. DeMint’s seat. And, guess what? He’s not dismissing the idea.

“It’s not a ‘no,’ but it’s not a ‘yes,’ ” Mr. Sanford said.

So “maybe,” then.

“What we all pray for is redemption in many different ways in life,” Mr. Sanford said. “Whatever we get wrong, we want that much more to get it right the next time. It’s a fairly consistent theme.

“Second acts are what marks the American experiment and is something at one level or another we all hope for.”

But, he says, “that’s a concept, not an action.” So don’t take it to mean he’s made up his mind.

For now, count him flattered by the attention and as surprised by Mr. DeMint’s resignation as everyone else. “If there’s anything that I’ve learned in life, it has many surprises, strange turns and twists,” he said. “You never say never.”

I interviewed Sanford at the Republican convention in Tampa back in August. Even then, he was talking about redemption.

  • Sounds good to me.

  • If he runs, I hope that South Carolina voters send him back into political exile.

  • When pigs fly!

  • This will go over like lead balloons.

  • MD Russ

    Don’t dismiss it out of hand. Sanford remains very popular in South Carolina and Nikki Haley is one of his proteges.

    • MD Russ

      I checked with a knowledgeable source in South Carolina. Sanford is on the short list but the favorite is Rep. Tim Scott from Charleston. Very conservative evangelical Republican.

  • Just found these words from this Bearing Drift article –

    South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford: This time last year he was being mentioned as a potential Presidential candidate. Turns out that he’s just another politician who can’t keep his potential zipped up. Sanford was right on the conservative issues, and strong on the
    conservative values – or so we thought. But it turns out he valued a little someone in South America more than his family or his political career. Voters will sometimes forgive marital indiscretions, but they won’t forgive clumsy or reckless. Sandford’s disappearance lead to rumors of hiking the Appalachian Trail. That didn’t work out because it just so happened to be nude hiking day. But more importantly, it was never clear just who could have reached the Governor had their been a statewide or even national emergency. Sanford survived impeachment. But his political career, and his marriage, are history.

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