If former Rep. Anthony Weiner was hoping to get any insights from congressman-elect Mark Sanford on making a political comeback, it looks like he's out of luck.
Asked during an interview on CNN's "Starting Point" on whether the former Republican governor has any advice for Weiner as he considers making a bid for New York City mayor this year, Sanford said he's not looking to impart any wisdom.
"I wouldn't presume to give any other politician advice," Sanford told CNN's John Berman.
"I just know that we had a rather robust conversation down here in the first congressional district," he added, referring to the debate over federal spending in Washington.
In a closely-watched race, Sanford defeated his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, in Tuesday's special election for a U.S. House seat in South Carolina. Describing himself as "Lazarus" in his victory speech, Sanford was fully aware of the major comeback he made after an extramarital affair in 2009 tarnished his reputation as governor of the state and later led to divorce in 2010.
Sanford finished out his term in 2011 under a cloud of ethics concerns, but began expressing interest in politics again after former Rep. Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate, leaving the seat vacant. Sanford represented the same House seat in the 90s before becoming governor.
"(The race) was obviously complicated given my own past in 2009, so what I would say is I wouldn't presume to give anybody else advice," Sanford said. "I'm trying to worry about the log in my own eye, if you will, before I worry about sticks in anybody else's."
Weiner, a Democrat, has said he's eyeing the mayoral bid and has taken steps signaling he's interested in having a more high-profile role in public policy. Once considered a strong contender for New York mayor, his political career was derailed after he was caught, then lied about, sending lewd photos and message to multiple women via social media. He resigned in June 2011.