The verdict is out for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District special election. The victory, says Politico, “caps a dramatic comeback by the scandal-tinged former governor, whose political career was left for dead four years ago when he was caught lying about an extramarital affair.”
Sanford, former Governor of South Carolina, returned to his old stomping grounds for a second shot at a spot in office after a sex scandal in 2009 seemingly lost him his chance. "I've been unfaithful to my wife," Sanford said in 2009. "I developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear friend from Argentina." Controversy over whether he deserves to be redeemed for this behavior rises with his recent win.
“I think you can go back in and you can ask for a second chance in a political sense once,” Sanford says. “I’ve done that, and we’ll see what the voters say.” As it turns out, Sanford was right this time around.
Public opinion on the matter is mixed. Marion Doar, 79, for example, said he voted for Sanford, arguing that "Sanford was a fine fellow. He still is a fine fellow. Following his heart as he did was foolish but it happens."
Others, like Gabriel Guillard, 49, however, hold firm in their opinions of the former ex-governor, and are far less forgiving. "I would do anything to make sure Mark Sanford doesn't get back in because of his past behavior,” she says. “I am so tired of South Carolina being a laughing stock. I'm so sick of it."
The fact that the Colbert Busch, who had no former political experience, created even an ounce of competition in Republican territory is “a testament to the strength of Elizabeth Colbert Busch as a candidate and the Republican habit of nominating flawed candidates," said Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to USA Today.