From The State (South Carolina)
A new feature tracking smoke signals about whether Gov. Mark Sanford will seek higher office in 2008
This past week:
• Ramesh Ponnuru had a piece in the conservative National Review about GOP White House hopeful John McCain that included this line about the still open Republican nomination: “A dark horse is Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, a hero of the Right and a bit of a maverick in his own right.”
• Sanford’s office issued a news release on Monday calling on the House to adopt the ultrasound-before-abortion bill, the first time many Sanford observers could recall the governor getting involved in an abortion fight. It’s also rare for Sanford to throw his weight so publicly behind legislation not on his list of priorities.
• Residents of Hilton Head Island reported getting phone calls from a pollster asking questions about Sanford, who is barred from seeking a third term as governor, including whether they would vote for him.