No Opposition to Mark Sanford’s Re-election Bid

Friends,

I know I’ve been sending a number of emails out recently and I don’t want to overdo it, but big news came on Monday and accordingly I’d like to share it…

The filing deadline came and went this past Sunday with no Republicans, Democrats or other partisan candidates filing to run for Congress in the 1st District. Given I was the only one in the delegation for which this occurred, and given where we were just ten months ago, that’s a big deal.

Unfortunately breaks in the House election cycle are short lived because even if we had a contested race in November we would be right back at the next election cycle just eight months from now. So it’s less about the race than it is about the blessing of how much things have developed over the last year.

For this unforeseen circumstance, I am thankful to our maker for this most surprising turn of events….and I am thankful to you. A lot of people like you have helped us in a multitude of ways as we have set up an office and begun the work of advancing limited government ideals in Washington – and these next few months represent an opportunity to redouble our efforts.

More than anything, I guess all this is really just a long way of saying thank you…for your help, for your friendship and for your trust. We couldn’t have done it without you.

One last note…the Daily Caller wrote up an article on our running unopposed with the conclusion that it showed we have been doing what we said we would be doing, and I’ve taken the liberty of attaching it. You can read it here.

Again…many thanks,

Mark

Mark Sanford’s road to redemption
Posted by Jim Antle

This year, South Carolina will have a governor, two senators, and seven U.S. House members running for re-election. Most of them will face primary or general election opponents.
Mark Sanford won’t.

The USA Today headline said it best: “Once disgraced, Mark Sanford is now unopposed.” Less than a year ago, the headlines about Sanford looked very different: “GOP now bearish on Sanford’s chances in S.C.”

“Lazarus raised,” writes Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Until recently, the most common biblical allusion made to Sanford was his violation of the commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” As governor of South Carolina, Sanford disappeared from the state for an alleged hike along the Appalachian trail that turned out to be a clandestine trip down lover’s lane.

Sanford’s marriage and governorship were ruined. So, it was thought, were his reputation and political career.

Then the South Carolina Republican made a novel argument: “I absolutely failed in my personal life and my marriage but one place I never did fail was with the taxpayers.”

Nonsense, replied his critics. Those trips to see his mistress (now fiancee), including at least his fateful sojourn to Argentina, were on the taxpayers’ dime. But the voters of South Carolina’s first congressional district decided that he fought to spare them far greater expenses, like the $831 billion federal stimulus package and state budgets — often backed by fellow Republicans — that grew faster than inflation plus population growth.

As governor, Sanford issued over 100 budget vetoes in 2004 alone.

We know how Sanford’s first marriage vows turned out. But did he hold his side of the bargain with his constituents?

Sanford voted against the farm bill, not once, but twice. Both times, most Republicans voted yes. The second legislative package cost nearly $1 trillion.

He was also one of just 94 congressmen to vote against the bipartisan Ryan-Murray budget, which traded away some of the hard-won sequestration budget cuts.

The South Carolinian has voted not once but twice against the federal government taking on more debt without negotiated spending cuts.

When President Barack Obama wanted to launch an expensive war in Syria on dubious national security grounds, Sanford was against it.

Sanford is one of just 17 House members with a better than 90 percent rating from FreedomWorks in the last Congress. He has a 95 percent score from Club for Growth.

When not voting against bloated spending, Sanford has supported constitutionally limited government in other ways. He has opposed indefinite detention. He has supported NSA reforms allowing for greater oversight of government surveillance, going so far as to introduce a bill that would make the National Security Agency head subject to Senate confirmation.

Sanford also joined an amicus brief supporting a motion that would require the publication of significant FISA court opinions. “It is important to better understand how Section 215 of the Patriot Act is being implemented and where there is room for improvement,” he said in a statement.

It would be great if constitutional conservatism was common, but it isn’t. Most members of Congress can always find 17 trillion reasons to grow the federal government. Sanford, to his credit, usually doesn’t.

Maybe you can’t make up for breaking a sacred promise to your wife by keeping a morally significant promise to uphold the Constitution. So far, however, Mark Sanford has been trying.

Perhaps that will be the erstwhile Appalachian trail hiker’s road to redemption.

I don’t know what his family or his Creator think about it. But the voters in his district sure seem to like it.

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