We’ve seen awful criticism of Mark Sanford by some who believe their infallible letters lambasting him are pontifical, but to me they are unjustified, as there always two sides to a story.
Yes, the former governor in the eyes of his detractors did a unconscionable act of being a loving and caring father. Damnation to him for loving his sons. What father wouldn’t share a day during the Super Bowl when his child is alone to keep him company and enjoy the football game?
Divorced parents are always hard on their children, as the children are in a quandary loving both their mother and father. Gov. Sanford is not an angel, not many people are. He deserves his private affairs to be just that private. Yeah, yeah he is running for public office so he should expect the criticism and to be open over his personal conduct. But since when shouldn’t he get a break when it comes to the children and their welfare? I know the governor, as I worked on his campaigns for the congress and then for governor. Sanford is a wonderful daddy and a down to earth human being.
Insofar as Sanford’s run for the congressional district, to some this inopportune fracas with his wife Jenny may hurt Mark in the election. But if the voters in the 1st Congressional District are to be fair; look at what Sanford offers the residents of the district: He know the Congress, having served there for six years; understands how to move legislation forward as he is not a novice, or newcomer; the Republicans are in the majority in the House, therefore he immediately helps the district with his savvy and knowing firsthand how the Congress operates; as a former governor he understands the people in the district and will help with their issues pronto; there is a need for a fiscal conservative in the Congress to cut spending, reduce the deficit, get the budget under control; bring the country back to economic stability and do something about Obamacare. Sanford will and can do this.
Let us not forget the Lord offering to us that we should accept the gift of repentance and of forgiveness. Sanford has done just that, asking for our forgiveness.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.