Mark Sanford's awful day, deconstructed

Can it get any worse?



Alright, we thought we could ride it out. We let the initial trespassing report go by to see what would come of it. But now it's become too much. We've already pored over today's media reports of Mark Sanford's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, so here they are in all their cringeworthy glory.

Tuesday evening (4/16/13) - AP reports court records showing Sanford is due in court two days after the May 7 special election where he's the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District on trespassing charges stemming from a Feb. 3 incident where ex-wife Jenny caught him leaving her Sullivan's Island home.

Late Tuesday night - Jenny Sanford tells Wall Street Journal that she didn't leak the documents, which she calls "legit," and that she thought the records were sealed.

"They deal with a number of private domestic matters and it was my understanding they were to remain sealed along with our divorce documents."

She continues, "I have no further comment on the documents or their details and remain focused solely on my sons.” Sanford made similar public statements last week, "I don’t have any thoughts on the race that I am currently interested in sharing with the public... I remain completely focused on the four wonderful men in my life and happily so."

Sanford told Politico in an email, “I did not choose to make this public, nor did I choose the timing of his trespassing.”

Piling on, the Post and Courier adds this tidbit from AP, "I want him to sink or swim on his own... but he makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing.”

Wednesday morning (4/17/13) - Jenny Sanford tells The State "the race is not a concern, I'm focused on raising my children."

12:30pm - Sanford says in a statement: "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." The part about how he and Jenny met "at the back steps under the light of my cell phone" was an especially nice touch.

12:50pm - obtains documents previously leaked to AP detailing the court proceedings surrounding the Feb. 3 trespassing incident.

1:47pm - Politico reports that the National Republican Campaign Committee is withdrawing its backing of Sanford in the special election. The NRCC represents the national Republican Party in congressional races across the country.

1:50pm - House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC announces a multi-week ad buy worth up to $600,000 that will air on 1st District airwaves in the days leading up to the May 7 election.

2:20pm - Washington Post confirms with Jenny Sanford (via text message) that her sons' first encounter with their father's new fiancee was at his primary runoff victory party on April 2. Sanford told the paper, "That was indeed [their son] Bolton’s first intro and both boys were quite upset and visibly so." WIS-TV has video below:

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