In South Carolina, former Governor Mark Sanford is asking for a second chance as he runs for the U.S. Congress in a very crowded March special election primary to replace Timothy Scott who took Jim DeMint's Senate seat. He has held that seat before. Sanford is already running ads talking about what he learned from his mistakes during the time he was governor. Sanford, of course, disappeared off the grid in 2009. His staff initially reported that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Of course, we now know that he was having an affair with an Argentinian woman whom he is now engaged to marry.
Sanford has paid back all the debts he accrued from misusing state funds and taxpayer dollars, and he’s back now asking for forgiveness and for the voters to forget how he was censured and embarrassed by the scandal.
Here in our own Hoosier State, Richard Mourdock raised some eyebrows when he said he would actually consider another run for public office after having the U.S. Senate seat Joe Donnelly now sits in fall away from him after controversial comments about rape. After knocking off Richard Lugar in the May primary, Mourdock’s undisciplined general election campaign performance allowed the Democrats to gain a seat in the Senate most political pundits rated as safe when the campaign started.
What office Mourdock is considering is not known, but you can’t take the politics out of a career politician. That’s exactly what Mourdock is.
Ultimately, in the case of Sanford and if Mourdock runs again, it will be up to the voters to determine if these second chances are in order.