Sanford hasn't been shy at voicing his disgust with Trump and his distaste for the president's brash style of politics and frequent bending of the truth.After a shooting at a congressional baseball practice last year, that almost took the life of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Sanford went on MSNBC and said that Trump was, in part, to blame for the decline in political discourse in the country."I would argue that the president has unleashed — it's partially, again, not in any way totally — but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed," Sanford said."He's made it his actual job."Sanford, who's carved out a more libertarian perch in the House and is often prone to philosophical musings, pushed back that he saw his role as a representative differently — to listen, first and foremost, to the people, not to the president."We gotta ask ourselves, who's the captain?
Correction: June 11, 2018 am — In a previous version of the audio, the introduction implied that Mark Sanford lost his job as South Carolina governor over an extramarital affair.In one ad, Arrington cheekily alludes to Sanford's past scandals, speaking to the camera as she's hiking herself."Mark Sanford and the career politicians cheated on us," she says."Bless his heart — but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike — for real this time."In a debate earlier this month, Arrington hammered home that point again, arguing she would be a loyal foot soldier for Trump in ways Sanford hasn't."Mark Sanford has spent the better part of two years bashing our team captain, President Trump, on CNN," she said.Also, Sanford’s always eclectic personal life has reportedly gotten even weirder – leading some of his longtime supporters to worry about his mental health.), who has been running an aggressive campaign against the career politician.At the time his relationship with Chapur was exposed in 2009, Sanford was considered by many to be a viable 2012 “Republican” presidential candidate. More recently, Sanford has been ensnared by #Nuke Gate – a mushrooming political scandal related to state government’s abandonment of a multi-billion nuclear power project.Those aspirations went up in smoke thanks to his mishandling of the affair, but Sanford was able to hang on (barely) and complete his second term as governor of South Carolina. Sanford campaigned (and won) on his record as a fiscally conservative congressman who served three terms in the 1990s, but since being elected he has disappointed taxpayer advocates by supporting of prominent establishment “Republicans” like former U. In 2007, Sanford allowed a bill socializing the investment risk for this controversial project to become law without his signature – exposing ratepayers to nearly billion (and counting) in payments toward a pair of nuclear reactors that are now unlikely to ever be built.As governor of South Carolina, he disappeared from the state and infamously claimed to be "hiking the Appalachian Trail" in 2009 when he was instead carrying on an extramarital affair in Argentina.That scandal ended Sanford's marriage but he rode out the political storm and finished his second term in 2011.According to the Cook Political Report’s latest Partisan Voting Index (PVI), the seat has a 10 percent “Republican” lean.Mark Sanford is a political survivor like few others.