Former Gov. Sanford says he is considering run for House seat

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) says he is considering re-entering public life with a bid for Congress. 

In an email late Saturday, Sanford acknowledged that reports that he may run for the House seat which will open up when Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) moves to the Senate were correct.

“To answer your question, yes the accounts are accurate,” said Sanford, according to the Associated Press. Sanford promised “further conversation on all this” in the near future. 

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Sanford, a former two-term governor left office in 2009, after admitting to an extramarital affair and disappearing from the state capitol for five days. Sanford later divorced his wife and married the woman with whom he had the affair.

Before being elected to the governor’s mansion, Sanford served in the House representing the same area now in Scott’s district.

Scott was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) after Sen. Jim DeMint announced earlier this month that he would leave the upper chamber at year’s end to run the Heritage Foundation.

A GOP primary to replace Scott is slated for March, with the special general election to be held in May. Candidates must file before the end of January, according to reports.

Sanford’s ex-wife Jenny has also said she is interested in running for the House seat. “I'd be crazy not to look at the race a little bit,” she said last week.

South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly told the AP that as of last Friday, 14 Republicans had expressed interest in entering the race. 

“Gov. Sanford getting in would certainly alter the dynamics,” predicted Connelly. “That list would go down significantly.”