South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wipes his eyes as he speaks to the media about his trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina and admits to an extramarital affair at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, June 24, 2009. Governor Sanford said on Wednesday
Next stop, a date in court
Mark Sanford won a Congressional seat from a deep red district in a deep red state. No surprise. But it does say much about the values both of those who voted for him and of those who now will be celebrating his victory.

Family values? Mark Sanford cheated on his wife, and only when caught admitted that he had done so with a "handful" of women, over the course of his marriage.

Honesty? In addition to his wife, Sanford lied to his staff and his constituents, when he claimed he would be hiking the Appalachian Trail, but was actually in Argentina with his mistress.

Personal responsibility? Sanford was a governor, and while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Argentina with his mistress, he could not be reached by either his family or his staff.

Integrity? Sanford soon will appear in court for allegedly trespassing in the home of his now ex-wife, the woman to whom he was married when he was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Argentina with his mistress.

Government waste? Only after having been caught, Sanford reimbursed South Carolina for state funds he had used while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Argentina with his mistress.

Sanford also is a hypocrite, having during his previous tenure in Congress voted to impeach President Clinton for his personal behavior. But to Sanford's supporters, both in South Carolina and elsewhere, hypocrisy clearly doesn't matter.

Originally posted to Laurence Lewis on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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