Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is the momentum candidate heading into Tuesday’s special election in the state’s 1st district. Should he win, it’s a bit of short-term pain for the potential of long-term gain for House Democrats.
Yes, you read that right. Losing a potentially winnable seat in a special election might wind up helping Democrats nationally more than emerging victorious would.
Sanford is damaged goods, politically speaking, thanks to his acknowledgment in 2009 that he had disappeared from the state to visit his mistress in Argentina as well as more recent revelations that he had trespassed in his ex-wife’s house in order to watch the Super Bowl with one of his four sons.