Let’s recap: When Sanford was serving as governor of that state, what most would consider a job with considerable and daily responsibilities, he told his staff and constituents that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail and would be out of touch for a few days. His chief of staff could not reach him, despite trying nearly a dozen times. He didn't contact his family, even though his disappearance included Father's Day. His security detail did not know where he was. People worried if he was alive.
Well, he was so alive he actually was spending a few days with his South American mistress, in Argentina. (I knew the Appalachian Trail was long, but not that long). His wife, who had run his election campaigns successfully over the years, moved out of the governor’s mansion, and eventually divorced him. He also reimbursed the state some money because he used public funds to pay his travel expenses for a previous trip to Argentina and other personal matters. Oh, and the state legislature considered impeaching him but didn’t. They did, however,
censure him. His political career seemed over including what some thought could
result in a presidential campaign someday. This all occurred four years ago.
So he gets engaged to his Argentine mistress and runs in the primary for a Congressional seat that opened when the incumbent accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the U.S. Senate. The other day, Sanford won that primary. (Don’t ask me how but it’s South Carolina and you have to live there to begin to understand that state politically). Now, he will be running against the Democratic nominee, who happens to be the sister of the popular comedian Steve Colbert. So what already was an interesting race because of Sanford’s antics gets more interesting because it’s Colbert’s sister, and you can expect the comedian to hit the campaign trail with her.
You just can’t make this stuff up.