Sanford is in the midst of a congressional campaign for South Carolina's 1st District, vying for the seat vacated by Sen. Tim ScottTim ScottLobbying World Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism We need to pass the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to fight hate and bigotry MORE (R-S.C.) upon his appointment to the Senate.
In an interview earlier this year with The Hill, Sanford said that he "lived in a soap opera world," but hoped voters would forgive him.
“The reality of humanity is if you live long enough you’ll fail at something. And I failed, period. There’s no getting around it,” he said. “What I learned in the wake of that is that there’s this amazing reservoir of grace. A lot of people have told me they’re not going to judge me on my worst day any more than on my best day. I hope they’d look at the whole of what I’ve been doing in this community for 52 years and public office for 20 years.”
--Cameron Joseph contributed.