Congressional delegation mum on Sanford

gsmith@islandpacket.comApril 18, 2013 

election 2013

In this file photo, former Gov. Mark Sanford answers questions at Charleston County precinct 7.

LEROY BURNELL — LEROY BURNELL, Charleston Post and Courier

A Thursday blog post by The Washington Post says things are so bad for Sanford, members of the S.C. congressional delegation -- with whom Sanford hopes to join by winning the 1st Congressional District May 7 -- won't talk about him.

"His normally talkative colleagues refuse to answer questions about the former South Carolina governor as he fights to return to Congress," reads the post, adding that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the Charleston Republican who Sanford is attempting to replace, walked away and laughed when asked about Sanford.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Laurens Republican, also walked into House chambers without comment, while Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, ducked into the bathroom.

Only Rep. Joe Wilson, a Lexington Republican, was willing to play ball, saying many of the other 15 Republican candidates who ran against Sanford in the Republican primary were qualified.

"At least 10 to 12 of the people would have been terrific candidates," Wilson said. "I'm concerned about how the primary worked out. It was just so unfortunate."

To read the post, click here.

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