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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
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Republican Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose extramarital affair derailed his political career, returned to Congress on Wednesday with his Argentine "soul mate" at his side.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford — once a rising star in the Republican Party whose career crashed four years ago after a bizarre extramarital affair — capped a remarkable political comeback Tuesday by winning a special election for the state's open House seat.
Republican Mark Sanford's campaign for South Carolina's open House seat was slumping two weeks ago when he gambled on a stunt many at the time ridiculed: He "debated" a life-size poster-photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"We will make them pay," South Korea President Park Geun-hye said of the fate of North Korea should it launch an attack of any size or scope on her nation, to CBS News.
With Republican candidate Mark Sanford surging ahead in Tuesday's special congressional election in South Carolina, the party is increasingly hopeful it can avoid an embarrassing defeat in a district that analysts said it should have been able to hold easily.
"Today, the National Rifle Association is a record 5 million strong. Even as thousands of Americans join our cause every day, the media and political elites denigrate us. They cringe at the sight of long lines at gun shows. They mock Americans who are buying firearms and ammunition at a record pace. They scorn and scold the NRA. They don't get it, because they don't get America."
After giving Mark Sanford the cold shoulder for months, the Republican establishment slowly is warming to the former governor's campaign for South Carolina's open House seat, with several key Republicans weighing in with endorsements in recent days.
As if the race for South Carolina's open House seat wasn't colorful enough already. Republican candidate Mark Sanford, who, while serving as the state's governor in 2009, was caught in a bizarre extramarital affair, held a "debate" Wednesday with a life-size poster-photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday he visited his ex-wife's home while she was out of town because he didn't want his 14-year-old son to watch the Super Bowl alone — a visit that she says violated their divorce settlement.
Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband claiming he trespassed earlier this year.
"We're going to focus on the positive message of job creation for this district," she said.
She said her desire for public service was forged in her youth and tempered by her life experiences of loss, struggle and professional success.