Former SC Governor Mark Sanford isn't letting a little sex scandal get in the way of resuming his political career. Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, CNN reports.
The seat is being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott (R), who was appointed to the United States Senate earlier this week by Gov. Nikki Haley. Sanford, who resides in the Charleston area, represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001 and had a conservative, almost libertarian voting record, often taking lonely stands on the House floor alongside Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
After his three terms in the House, he ran successfully for governor twice and was eyeing a 2012 presidential bid before he notoriously embarked on an extramarital affair that derailed his national ambitions. He is now engaged to his Argentine fiancee.
There's also a chance that Mark Sanford could face off against his ex-wife, Jenny. She's a resident of Sullivan's Island, SC, and has been courted to run for office for years. Jenny Sanford was on Haley's shortlist for appointment to the Senate seat Jim DeMint is vacating to head the conservative Heritage Foundation. She told several media outlets this week that she was open to the idea of running for Scott's House seat.