Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he knows he’s going have to take some vicious licks during his upcoming Congressional campaign because of the affair he was caught having while in office.
In an interview with Charleston, S.C.-based WCBD
, Sanford also said one of the first calls he made when he decided to run was to his ex-wife, whom he told he would drop out of the race if she decided to run for the seat.
Sanford is running for the newly empty Congressional seat of Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to Jim Demint’s seat in the Senate last month.
“I’m scared to death in human terms,” Sanford said. “I mean, as I say, I’m a wounded warrior. I’m going to step out as best I can and try and advance ideas that I’ve long believed in. But it’s not without fear and trepidation because you know you’re going to get hit, and you’re going to get hit hard.”
The affair was discovered when Sanford disappeared while governor and was caught by journalists travelling in Argentina to see his girlfriend. In the interview, he said he is now engaged to her and plans for them to get married.
There has been speculation that Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny, might run against him for the Congressional seat. He said he’s already spoken with her and the possibility of a husband versus wife race was zero.
“It was the first visit that I made as these calls and emails started coming in,” Sanford said. “I went and visited her at the house and said, ‘Look, if you have any interest in running, then I’m out, because there would be nothing crazier than a husband and wife running against each other.’”
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