Soon after Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) admitted that he had lied to his staff and flown to Argentina for a rendezvous with his mistress, ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Faiz Shakir discussed Sanford’s political fortunes on MSNBC. Faiz pointed out that Sanford’s affair is hardly his worst sin:
I don’t want him to resign because of the affair. I think he should get kicked out of office because he’s been a terrible governor for the state. Their unemployment rate is at its highest rate ever. He’s bankrupted the state. He’s been fighting the Obama administration over unemployment money that his constituents desperately need. So I think on the merits, he’s been a horrible governor.
Faiz also reminded hosts David Shuster and Tamron Hall of Sanford’s own characterization of lying as “the biggest harm…to the democratic system.” Watch it:
After the segment, Hall said Faiz “made a great point” about Sanford’s past statements. “When people can use your own words, and you’ve criticized people in that same position, that bites I think more than anything any other critic or analyst can say about you,” Hall said.