Mark Sanford Ate The Pigs He Used To Protest Pork Spending (VIDEO)

When he was governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford famously used a pair of live pigs — named Pork and Barrel — to serve as a symbol of what he deemed wasteful spending. But it turns out the metaphor eventually became a meal.

“Unfortunately, they were barbecued,” Sanford said Wednesday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” drawing groans from some of the hosts. “I hate to let you in on it.”

Sanford won a GOP primary runoff on Tuesday in South Carolina’s First Congressional District. He will now face Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election, scheduled to be held May 7.




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