Don't taint others with Sanford's failings

info@islandpacket.comMay 1, 2013 

In reply to a letter written April 27, which was a reply to an earlier letter calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to withdraw from the upcoming congressional election, I was deeply saddened by the writer's cynicism. He even labels Elizabeth Colbert Busch as probably "just as underhanded, dishonest and tainted as the rest of them," meaning our political leaders.

The first letter writer called for Sanford's withdrawal because he was unfaithful to his wife after raising four young gentlemen. As governor, Sanford led people to believe he was walking on the Appalachian Trail when in fact he was seeing his "soul mate" in Argentina.

Then recently the press reported that Sanford is accused of violating his divorce settlement by entering his ex-wife's home so one of his sons would not have to watch the Super Bowl alone. Later the story was changed to say two of his sons were in the home.

One could remind the voters of ethics violations leveled at the governor by the Republican-controlled legislature. Facts indicate Sanford had his chance at leadership but seriously violated the public trust.

Dick Briggs

Fripp Island

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