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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 11:09 AM
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GOP looking at Mark Sanford, Gov of SC to run in 2008
Edited on Fri Nov-10-06 11:11 AM by FrenchieCat
Seems like the GOP realizes that the Prez wannabees ducks they have on display now are not enough of a choice.

This could be an interesting choice for them, perhaps.

They say that Huckabee, another '08 hopeful as former Gov. of Arkansas has too much "baggage". I was listening to RW radio, and seem like they didn't want to get into it....but he's not the one!

This is Mark Sanford--





Mark Sanford was elected as South Carolina's 115th governor on November 5, 2002. He was sworn into office on January 15, 2003.

With an eye on efficiency, cost-savings and value to the taxpayer, Governor Sanford has undertaken a top-to-bottom review of South Carolina's governmental structure during his first few months in office. In addition to holding in-depth budget hearings with over thirty individual state agencies, Gov. Sanford's Cabinet agencies have already saved taxpayers millions of dollars with innovative new initiatives designed to streamline operations and eliminate waste and duplication in government. For example, his Commerce Department has reduced staff by 25% and consolidated office space to the tune of $1.3 million savings annually.

Gov. Sanford has also brought the long-troubled South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles into his Cabinet, instituting a series of internal reforms that have dramatically reduced wait times, improved customer service and lowered costs. South Carolinians who once stood in line for hours at DMV offices can now perform most of their transactions online, and Saturday office hours have offered even more choice to the customer.

Gov. Sanford, who campaigned on opening up South Carolina's political process, also signed landmark campaign finance reform and Commerce Department disclosure reform bills in 2003, two measures that have brought much needed sunlight and accountability to state government. The governor holds "Open Door After 4" meetings every month in his office, chatting one-on-one with individual South Carolinians and listening to their questions and concerns. The governor also holds regular "Neighborhood Office Hours," traveling to different corners of the state to meet with citizens.

Prior to being elected as governor in 2002, Gov. Sanford lived on the South Carolina coast with his wife, Jenny, and their four young sons, Marshall, Landon, Bolton and Blake. Gov. Sanford served six years in the U.S. Congress prior to his election as governor, serving on the Joint Economic Committee and International Relations Committee, among others, before voluntarily stepping down in 2001 to honor a personal commitment to limit his time in Washington. He had no prior political experience before being elected to Congress in 1994.

During his time in Washington, D.C., Gov. Sanford was a tireless advocate for the taxpayer. For his consistent efforts to lower taxes and limit government growth he was ranked #1 in the entire Congress by Citizens Against Government Waste. He was rated similarly by the National Taxpayers' Union and Taxpayers for Common Sense inducted him into the Taxpayer Hall of Fame. In his own office, he backed his voting record with personal action - returning over $200,000 (almost a third of his total office budget) each year to the taxpayers.

Gov. Sanford learned the themes of hard work and frugality with two brothers and a sister on their family farm near Beaufort, S.C. He graduated from high school in Beaufort before attending Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he received a B.A. in business. He later received an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and went on to work in real estate finance and investment in New York and Charleston, S.C.
http://www.scgovernor.com/interior.asp?SiteContentId=3&...




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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 11:10 AM
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1. Sanford is Gov of SC (sadly) n't
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 11:12 AM
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2. Correction made....but
I knew that! :blush:

Thanks! :hi:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 11:16 AM
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3. I think that he fits the GOP mold that they would want
more so than Romney, a blue state Governor and a Mormon.

But it would depend on their strategy.

His six years in congress and the reason he left seem well enough.

I'm Just doing Oppo research y'all!

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ps1074 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 11:29 AM
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4. did he voted to impeach Clinton?
eom
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 12:09 PM
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5. NO clue! I'll have to research that.
Interesting question.
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 12:15 PM
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6. He's horrible
He's an idealogue not a governor. He vetoed an entire state budget to make a point. You know what the Republican controlled State Legislature did - the overrode his veto. He is ineffectual and he does not work even on his side of the aisle let alone reaching out to the other side.

I don't think he'd even get off the ground in SC.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 02:06 PM
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11. I don't know enough about him......but then again, Bush Jr. wasn't
exactly a barrel of laughs out in Texas before the GOP decided on him either. Anyways, it will largely depend on how desperate they become.....I suppose.

But thanks for the information! The more limited they are, the better!
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NJ Democrats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 12:18 PM
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7. He won by only 10 on Tuesday
55-45 and some GOPers backed the Dem.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 12:22 PM
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8. Mark who?
Only Mark I know is WARNER.
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 12:30 PM
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9. He would be an attractive candidate
So I hope the far right finds something to smear him with.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 02:04 PM
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10. Hey, Hey.......True Dat.....
I'm just keeping my eyes and ears opened....cause I know that Conventional Wisdom from the Corporate media ain't mostly right....so they can say McCain and Guliani and Romney for now all day long, but if the GOP finds the right candidate that isn't one of those already mentioned, count on it for whomever they choose to rise real fast in terms of name recognition. They know how to promote a candidates even from obscurity if they so choose....that they do!

Mark Sanford was the candidate they kept showing on election day because his Voter registration card didn't match his Driver's license ID....or something like that. Maybe that was their subtle way of getting a little name rec started.
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bigdarryl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 02:11 PM
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12. Yep the Governors are jumping in the 08 race Vilsack and now this guy..
and i expect one of them to get the nomination on both sides.McCain doesn't have it.
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