Mark Sanford appears to be back in the game.
In case you don’t remember, he was the Governor of South Carolina.
His career imploded after he disappeared for 5 days to visit a girlfriend in Argentina and then tried to lie about it by saying he was off on a hike.
Just to show that anything is possible, the guy is back running for office.
For now, it’s mostly an “I’m sorry” tour.
“I’m not in any way unaware of how I’ve let you down. I’m not in any way unaware of my well-chronicled failings as a human being. But I am equally aware that God forgives people who are imperfect.”
He could pull it off.
Sanford is well-known.
Not just for his walkabout but his eight years as governor and six years in Congress.
Hard as it might be to believe, he’s the early favorite for the Republican nomination to replace recently appointed Senator Tim Scott as congressman for the 1st District.
The only real race right now is for second place in a special election on March 19th.
For now, Sanford’s campaign position is to win over Republican faithful by appealing to their sense of compassion.
“If you look, part of our shared humanity – and I’ve been on a journey on this front – is to say, ‘Every one of us, on some days we’re going to perform more magnificently than we ever could have imagined. On other days we’re going to perform far less [so]. But that daily notion of getting back up and trying as best you can to make a difference where you can is really important.”
Standing in front of crowds, he is presenting himself as an open book, willing to answer any questions they might still have about his fall from grace.
He sent a letter to voters last week saying that he “failed miserably in my personal life at the end of my term as governor” and inviting people to reach him on his personal cell phone number or email, which were both listed.
So far, hardly anyone is asking him about his past.
Questions at campaign events range from sequestration to campaign finance reform.
Do voters forgive and learn to love again?
Look at Bill Clinton.