From SC’s “The State” publication comes the most interesting story today I’ve seen on this special election: ‘Sanford: I won’t run for office again if I lose’. As my friend Leslie B. would say, hmm and hmmm:
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Former Gov. Mark Sanford, looking for redemption in a political career that was sidelined by scandal, said Tuesday’s race for the vacant South Carolina congressional seat he once held for three terms will be his last if he loses to Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
“I think you can go back in and you can ask for a second chance in a political sense once,” he said Tuesday after voting in the special election. “I’ve done that, and we’ll see what the voters say.”
He faces Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in the race for the 1st District congressional seat.
The former governor, once mentioned as a potential GOP presidential contender, also said Tuesday that he is tired but cautiously optimistic as one of the more unusual campaigns in a state known for rough-and-tumble politics draws to a close.
There’s no direct quote in there on Sanford definitively saying he wouldn’t run again if he lost, but NBC’s Frank Thorp got one that was pretty close:
Mark Sanford asked if this would be his last race if he lost: “Yea, I think so.” #SC01
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) May 7, 2013
Meanwhile, tweets of the day on Sanford’s alleged pledge:
@sistertoldjah Maybe he should have waited for the polls to close to offer that statement ….
— EdMorrissey (@EdMorrissey) May 7, 2013
— Dave (@bigdave0908) May 7, 2013
Wednesday Update: Sanford won last night in a landslide, and the left – predictably – flipped out. LOLOL.