Pastor Mac Brunson of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, took to the pulpit over the weekend to warn that South Carolinians may be making a mistake. The area in which they've purportedly faltered? Selecting former Gov. Mark Sanford as the Republican candidate in a special House election against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch (sister of comedian Stephen Colbert).
In his sermon, Brunson took aim at the politician's character and seemingly questioned the judgement of those who have selected to potentially re-elect him. The preacher's rebuke comes as Sanford hopes to revitalize and relaunch his political career following an extramarital affair and scandal.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford answers questions from reporters after voting in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Sanford is facing former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic in the Republican runoff for South Carolina's vacant 1st District congressional seat. Credit: AP
"If he dealt treacherously with his wife before -- and the state and the people who worked for him, do you think character has changed that much that he's not going to deal treacherously at some point in the future?," he rhetorically asked. "That's a white man, GOP conservative. I'm an equal offender, brother. I don't care who it is. If it ain't right, it ain't right for nobody."
As BuzzFeed notes, Brunson also recapped some of the "treacherous" behavior that was once exhibited by Sanford. He noted that the former politician lied to his wife -- and the people who elected him -- before his affair with an Argentinian woman came to light.
Watch a portion of Brunson's sermon, below:
Republicans are now separating themselves from Sanford following his ex-wife's charge that he trespassed at their old home.
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