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All the better to creep you with, my dear.“The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cell phone for a flashlight.” —Court filing by the Ex, charging the Hiker with repeatedly violating their divorce settlement. Mark Sanford has a date with the judge two days after the SC congressional election. [AP]

Update: Ex-Gov/Ex-Husband responds:

I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone.

Our dad took us to a Dirty Harry movie at 14, but we don’t think it was as violent as the Super Bowl.

Update 2: And, the Republicans cut him loose

Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.

But oh, so gently…

“Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman.

That’s how you backstab in the big leagues.

Update 3: But wait! It keeps getting better!

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has learned that tensions within the family flared up as recently as April 2, at the celebration of Sanford’s runoff election victory when the former governor thrust two of his sons on-stage with the Argentine woman who was at the center of the spectacular sex scandal that broke up his marriage.

For Sanford’s teenage son Bolton, that very public moment marked the first time he had ever been in the presence of Maria Belen Chapur.

As a father, Mark Sanford didn’t think his son should meet his mistress alone.


In SCOTUS news the family of Ken Saro Wiwa lost today. I never understood how this case ended up in the U.S. but I still won’t buy even a cup of coffee at a Shell convenience store.

I saw this on TPM last night but had no idea it would get so juicy so quickly. And this screw-over is so much better than just torpedoing his campaign from the beginning. Kudos, Jenny. Well played.

My mistake. I thought that case was still pending. I did not realize that Royal Dutch Shell settled out of court with his family. This was another case against RDS.

When I was a wee boy of 15, my bestie at the time had a dad so cool, he took us to see Xaviera Hollander in “My Pleasure is My Business.” Movie was waaay less violent than a bunch of big, sweaty guys in tights trying to maim each other. Just sayin’.

@jkiel: Damn your dad. I had to sneak her books to slumber parties.

Is this the Congressional race involving Stephen Colbert’s sister?

@Dodgerblue: Yup. And like the rest of the family, she pronounces the T. The Frenchified version is a post-college affectation, I think.

having to run against and without support from the main stream teapublican’ts ( meaning far right psychopaths) is a good thing these days…………..except in south confederalina. both he and sis colbert ought to each agree to run as independents just to make it a fair campaign for both.

@nojo: Stephen Colbert’s brother Jim is a lawyer in L.A. whom I know. He pronounces it COLbert with the “t.”

@Dodgerblue: Darling, it’s a joke. Amerikanskis when pronouncing le Franch always stress the last syllable: fill-AY instead of FI-yay, par example, or Par-EEzhanz. Or Dou-che instead of Douch-e. So Stephen wanted to fancy things up and create from himself an alter Colbert, to separate himself from that sniveling crew in SC, hence Col-BEAR.

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