In the wake of allegations that he had illegally trespassed on his ex-wife’s property several times, the National Republican Campaign Committee has decided not to support him in his campaign to regain his old House seat. The punchline is that they’re pretending that it’s because he’s so good at politics:
National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid…
“Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman…The NRCC has spent a nominal amount on the race on polling and other activities. But officials determined that devoting potentially millions more — which was under discussion — isn’t worth it.
“This is an unfortunate situation but this is what happens when candidates aren’t honest and withhold information,” said one GOP operative.
After he loses, he’ll have much more time to hike the Appalachian Trail.