Sanford v. Sanford Part II?

The elevation of Tim Scott to the United States Senate early next year could set up a primary battle that could include, among others, two people who used to be married to each other:

The Republican primary to replace Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) could pit former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford against his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

Scott was tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to replace resigning Sen. Jim DeMint (R). That means a special election for Scott’s House seat will take place in 2013.

Jenny Sanford was on Haley’s Senate short list, and Roll Call reports that she is considering a House bid. But so is her former husband, who famously admitted to a love affair with an Argentinian woman. (He and his former mistress are now engaged.)

That would make for some interesting candidate debates.


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  1. CSK says:

    My immediate reaction is that Mark would get laughed off the stage before any debate with his ex-wife could begin.

  2. lankyloo says:

    Please let this happen! There is no way this would not be supremely entertaining.

  3. legion says:

    The fact that SC still considers Mark Sanford a viable candidate for any position of responsibility pretty much tells you all you need to know…

  4. Andre Kenji says:

    Mark Sanford could try a seat in the Senate of Argentina.

  5. Geek, Esq. says:

    Could we get a Red Foxx impersonator to moderate the debate?

  6. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Hell hath no fury…..

  7. Janis Gore says:

    @Tsar Nicholas: No s**t.

  8. dennis says:

    Is Mark Sanford that so unself-aware that he can’t predict how that’s gonna turn out?

  9. Franklin says:

    @legion: Between this and their proposal to punish anybody who implements a federal law (PPACA, to be precise), South Carolina is indeed the laughingstock of states everywhere today.

  10. Dave Schuler says:

    U. S. Senator would probably give Mark Sanford more time for hiking the Appalachian Trail. If you know what I mean.

  11. Janis Gore says:

    Another “family values” Senator?

  12. bill says:

    i’d vote for sanford vs the other sanford.