Ex-Gov. Mark Sanford made a surprise appearance Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, just a few days after becoming engaged to his Argentinian former mistress. Sanford, who defied calls for resignation and served out the rest of his term in relative disgrace due to the affair told the Charleston Post & Courier’s Robert Behre that Fox News offered him last-minute job providing commentary at the convention:
On Wednesday, Sanford was on TV and walking around the convention floor with a smile on his face. “It was a very different experience from the last 1½-year period of my life where I’ve been sequestered on a farm south of Charleston,” Sanford said. “I felt a mixture of nostalgia and joy. You forget how many people you have gotten to know over 20 years of politics, whether at the national level or the gubernatorial level.”
Fox’s last-minute invitation to Sanford is especially interesting given that the network had just canceled its scheduled interviews with former GOP running mate Sarah Palin. The half-term governor/reality show star took to her Facebook page (gee, sound familiar?) and passive-aggressively blasted Fox for canceling on her:
I’m sorry Fox canceled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight. Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot.
Suuuure, Sarah. It was all about honoring John McCain, and not about why the Republicans didn’t even invite you to their convention this year.
Fox hasn’t responded to Politico’s request for comment on Palin’s cancellation, so it’s unknown whether the network directly decided to replace her with Sanford. Either way, we’re just glad to see the “Love Guv” back in the game!