“The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under (House Speaker) John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn’t make sense to me,” she said.
As for her ex-husband, she said “he did a good job as congressman and he has as much right as anybody else to run for Congress, and we’ll see what happens.” But she added “my ex-husband’s going to have a number of questions to answer, and how he deals with them will make or break his campaign.”
Before leaving office, Sanford avoided impeachment but was censured by the Legislature over state travel expenses he used for the affair. He also had paid what is still the largest ethics fine ever in South Carolina at $70,000.
Sanford was elected to the 1st District seat in 1994 and served three terms before voters chose him as governor in 2002 and again in 2006. The district reaches south along the South Carolina coast from Charleston to the Georgia state line. Filing doesn’t open until Friday but another famous name got into the contest on Tuesday.
Teddy Turner, the son of media magnate Ted Turner, announced he’s holding a reception on Thursday to kick off his campaign for the GOP nomination.
“Spending in Washington has gotten way out of control with no real efforts to cut spending while thousands go without jobs. It’s frustrating and I believe I can bring fresh ideas to provide a path of creating jobs while fighting to control spending in Washington,” Turner said.