As I was watching the Mark Sanford press conference this evening, I sat there in shock. I was in shock that the only candidate, who I viewed as the only front runner in 2012, admit that he had an affair with a woman from Argentina, and betrayed his wife and family only to spend time in Argentina crying over this affair. While Sanford is human and made a flaw that violated his marriage vows, he betrayed the citizens of South Carolina by not informing the state that they would be missing their leader during an short period of time only to go back to Argentina to be with the other woman. The media exploited Sanford and will continue to do so. Another GOP rising star has fallen today over an extramarital affair. He has also lost my support, as I can not condone anyone who betrays not only his wife and family, but betrays the values he used to emulate.
We all have flaws. It is a shame, when these flaws detract from a leader’s service to those who elected him. It is also a shame, when a leader’s actions are thrusted into the spotlight by the media, and affects how he/she will make amends with his spouse and children.
Lately, I have been contemplating whether or not, the GOP has any principled leaders left to be the standard bearer in 2012. With Mark Sanford’s recent actions, there is considerable doubt that he will be President. While Sanford has been great on handling the economy, his good works have been dominated by his affair. Sanford had a lot to offer America, and I am saddened by the fact that desire had to overcome a man of solid conviction and character.