Re: April 18 letter by Angela Lee, “1st District voters should keep Sanford’s past in mind”
I want to commend Ms. Lee for her excellent, factual letter about Mark. Sanford, and would like to add a few additional points for voters to consider as they deliberate their choice for this congressional seat.
I find it interesting that when Mr. Sanford first ran for and was elected to this position he pledged to serve 3 terms – period. From this we can deduce Mr. Sanford believes in term limits, as do I. His service as governor of our fine state was unquestionably a period of frustration – unable to work with a House and Senate controlled by Republicans - who in record speed overturned his government stopping vetoes. As to Mr. Sanford’s fiscal conservatism – cutting the state budget by 20 percent -- it should be noted that by statute, spending cannot exceed revenues. During this recessionary period that is what had to happen and the House and Senate did a remarkable job of keeping the government functioning and providing services to constituents with little guidance or cooperation from Mr. Sanford.
After finishing his second term as governor and asked what he was going to do, he was unsure. He briefly held a stint on Fox News and then somewhat disappeared. He has now emerged as the Republican nominee for his old U.S. House seat. I find it interesting and hypocritical that Mr. Sanford who believed in term limits has done nothing but serve in government positions, where in my opinion, he has been extremely ineffective. From the general population we hear the frustration of how government is broken; willingness to compromise to move important issues forward is at a standstill; change is needed, and yet here we are.
I for one feel that a vote for Ms. Elizabeth Cobert Busch, who appears to have the interest of our state at heart, as opposed to re-electing Mr. Sanford who has a proven track record of the opposite, makes more sense. I, as a native South Carolinian, am tired of our beloved state being the laughing stock on too many fronts.
I wish Mr. Sanford only the best, he is forgiven for his indiscretions. I hope voters do not confuse forgiveness with reinstatement. I simply do not believe in putting a person back in a position, where he clearly violated the public trust, and had he been in private industry or a government position that was not elected, he most likely would have been fired.