A former governor who was considered a contender for the presidential nomination until he was caught in a sex scandal has been hired by Fox News, reports The New York Times’ The Caucus blog.
Mark Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, will be a paid contributor to the cable news channel, the story reports. Sanford was once expected to run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, but instead drew national attention in 2009 for an affair with a woman he met while on vacation in Argentina.
Sanford will appear before the January debate Fox News is holding in South Carolina, and will stay on with Fox beyond the general election, the story says.
The former governor had been a rising star of the GOP before he lied about a disappearance by saying he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, when in fact he was in Argentina spending time with a woman who wasn’t his wife. He was later censured for misuse of state travel funds.