MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Staying true to tradition, Mark Sanford returned to the Lowcountry five days after being sworn into Congress to meet with people about issues and ideas during his 'neighborhood office hours.' Sanford says he started the practice when he was first elected to Congress and it's worked wonders.
"I thought it was important to meet people wherever they were," said Sanford. The new congressman had a day full of handshakes, note taking and listening in front of Wal-Mart in the Wando Shopping Center in Mt. Pleasant.
"He needs to know what's on our minds," said West Ashley resident Marcia Rosenberg. "I think it will make him a better politician." Rosenberg was one of a handful of people who pulled Sanford aside to share her concerns.
"I could not resist the opportunity to ask his assistance on an issue that's very, very important to me," said Rosenberg, who believes the plans for the future Wando bridge are too big for the area.
"That's what you don't get if you simply wait in your office in Washington or you wait in your office in the district," said Sanford.
The Congressman says it's in these trips that he really gets an understanding of what's affecting the people of the community he was elected to represent.
"It makes people feel better knowing you can stand there talk with someone and they're going to give you answers back," said Jackie Holst, who stopped by to say congratulations.
Sanford defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election two weeks ago to claim the vacant seat.