Only one person showed up for RINO Mark Sanford’s presidential candidacy announcement

Mark Sanford, 59, a Republican, is the former governor of South Carolina (2003-2011) and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-2001).

Sanford is infamous for disappearing for six days in 2009, from June 18 to June 24. No one knew where he was — not his family (including his wife), or his staff, or South Carolina’s law enforcement. He did not answer 15 cell phone calls from his chief of staff; he also failed to call his family on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21.

Before he disappeared, Sanford told his staff that he would be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. It turned out he actually was in Argentina.

On June 24, reporter Gina Smith of The State, the daily newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina, intercepted Sanford when he arrived at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport on a flight from Argentina. Having been discovered, Sanford held a news conference several hours later in which he admitted to adultery with María Belén Chapur, a 43-year-old divorced mother of two in Buenos Aires whom Sanford called his “soul mate”.

Sanford’s wife, Jenny, filed for divorce, which was finalized in March 2010.

Although Mark Sanford resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, he refused to resign his governorship of South Carolina. Sanford eventually reimbursed taxpayers for expenses he had incurred one year earlier with his mistress in Argentina, only after a Freedom of Information Act request was filed. On August 9, 2009, the AP reported that Sanford may have violated state law by other inappropriate use of state planes, including using a state plane to get a haircut. In January 2010, by a vote of 102–11, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution to censure Sanford.

Following completion of his service as governor in January 2011, Sanford was hired as a paid political contributor for Fox News Channel. In August 2012, he became engaged to his former mistress Chapur, but the engagement was broken off two years later in September 2014.

Yesterday morning, standing next to a tiny wooden lecturn in the People’s Plaza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sanford held a news conference to formally announce he would challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

As reported by Anna Orso for the Philadelphia Inquirer — who was the only reporter present — only one person who was not a reporter or a news photographer or Sanford’s aide, showed up for the announcement.

That person was Bill Quinn, a 63-year-old retired lawyer from Philadelphia and the father of one of Sanford’s former University of Chicago students. Quinn is a Democrat. He said that while he supports Sanford’s bid and believes what he’s doing is important, he has no plans to switch party registrations and vote in the GOP primary.

In contrast, 54,000, including 30,000 outside the American Airlines Center where the rally was held, showed up for the Trump rally in Dallas, Texas, yesterday. Among them were Democrats (21.4%) and Latinos (11%). (Source).

The National Journal and GovTrack rated Mark Sanford as “moderate” and a “centrist Republican”. (Source: Ballotpedia)

~Eowyn

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

William
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William

Sanford, running for president? Seriously? This reminds me of the “rally” Tim Kaine had in FLA in 2016 and nobody showed up, just reporters. The same day Trump had 20 thousand in Tampa. And they said Hilary was ahead by 12 points. This is beyond pathetic. Although I must say that Sanford seems like a paragon of integrity, but only when compared with any of the dem candidates. High jump, low hurdle

Truckjunkie
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Truckjunkie

The cool thing about President Trump’s rallies is that the attendance numbers the Media mentions doesn’t include all the Trump supporters who can’t get in,so they watch the action from outside-that amounts to anywhere from half the number INSIDE to a number equal to those who got in. Yeah,Hillary-beat THAT!

William
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William

And recall that Clinton had to cancel a number of appearances because there were so many people there chanting “lock her up”. A majority of people in this country hate her guts. Her popular vote “majority” was pure fiction, imaginary numbers. The only bloc of voters she has a lock on are the Satanists. And the pedophiles and the queers

Carl R Hassell
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Carl R Hassell

Mark, the poor attention whore. Stopped before he got a toe hold in the race.

Steven Broiles
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Another one with delusions of adequacy!

Alma
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🎶 I won’t cry for You RINO SANFORD 🎵. Look here mister, you left for a “soul mate” and you got a “check mate”. You lost it all and it serves you right, you have no credibility whatsoever and running against Trump, or whoever, you don’t have a fat chance. Save your money and try to move on with your life, greener pastures wait for,you but not in politics. Why makes you so stupid?

operaghost
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operaghost

There is a reason he did not announce his candidacy in his home state. The good people of South Carolina would have shown up for his announcement, all right. Wearing Trump hats.

Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

The fall from grace is a huge fall for some.