Remember Mark Sanford, the Republican governor of South Carolina who disappeared for a week from the governor's mansion and told reporters he was hiking the Appalachian trail before admitting he was in Argentina the whole time, discussing the health of South Carolina's private sector — particularly the private sector in his pants — with a special lady friend?
And he's planning to run for the Congressional seat he held nearly a decade ago, as a replacement for Tim Scott, who is being elevated by Gov. Nikki Haley to take Jim DeMint's Senate seat.
That leads us to a game I call: South Carolina Politics or Rejected Sitcom Pilot?
After his three terms in the House, he ran successfully for governor twice and was eyeing a 2012 presidential bid before he notoriously embarked on an extramarital affair that derailed his national ambitions. He is now engaged to his Argentine fiancee. [...]
His ex-wife, Jenny, a resident of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, has been courted to run for office for years and was on Haley's shortlist to replace DeMint in the Senate. She told several media outlets this week that she was open to the idea of running for Scott's House seat.
This whole story is unrealistic on several counts. It'd be gross for a philandering husband to run against his ex-wife for Congress. Plus, he claims he's engaged to his Argentinian girlfriend? Right. After the last election, nobody's going to believe that a conservative Republican could do so well with a Latino woman.
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