New DCCC Ad Mocks Mark Sanford’s Mistress Scandal

An ad released Thursday by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee mocks Mark Sanford for his 2009 mistress scandal. Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, is currently running for Congress against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch. They’re vying in a special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Tim Scott (R), who was appointed to the Senate earlier this year after Jim DeMint (R) left office to join the Heritage Foundation. 

While governor, Sanford was found to be cheating on his wife after he disappeared from the state without even notifying security staff of his plans. He subsequently admitted he was in Argentina visiting his longtime mistress, with whom he is currently engaged to be married. The ad makes fun of Sanford’s initial, false explanation for his absence, which was that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

“Mark Sanford walked out on us, violated our trust, secretly used thousands of taxpayer dollars flying to Argentina and then lied about it,” a narrator in the ad says. “Now he wants our trust again? Maybe Mark Sanford should just keep walking.”

Watch the ad below.  

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