Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) is getting a helping hand from Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) in his push for an amendment to defund the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is designed to promote economic development in the underserved region.

On Wednesday night, Chabot went on the House floor and argued that the Appalachian Regional Commission and a handful of other similar commissions are wasteful and duplicative.

"Year after year, we hear about the inefficiency and waste that is occurring within these programs," he said. "This inefficiency, duplication and overlap have cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. These commissions were established for one purpose: economic development. Yet the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] and other organizations have found no factual evidence that these commissions have created jobs or improved education or health care."

But even before he made his case, Chabot thanked Sanford, the politician who is perhaps most associated with the Appalachian region.

"I want to thank the gentleman from South Carolina, Mr. Sanford, for his leadership in co-sponsoring this particular amendment with me," said Chabot.

Sanford, of course, disappeared from his official duties as South Carolina governor for six days in June 2009. His spokesman at the time claimed Sanford -- an "avid outdoorsman" -- was hiking the Appalachian Trail. The governor, however, had actually gone to Argentina to see his mistress.

After Chabot spoke, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) rose and spoke against the amendment, saying the Appalachian Regional Commission is still sorely needed. She said this lesson hit home for her when she went to southeast Ohio, part of the Appalachian region, for the funeral of former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio).

Kaptur said it was difficult "just to try to move through the territory and get to where we were going."

"The Appalachian Regional Commission provides a mechanism -- now going over several decades really -- that has truly made a difference. But I can guarantee you, for the parts of Ohio that are included in its boundaries, the work is not finished," she said.

"So I just want to say that I don't know what motivates the gentleman's amendment this evening, but I really do think it would hurt Ohio," Kaptur added.

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    Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Said a staffer: “I apologize for taking so long to send this update, and was waiting to see if a more definitive idea of what part of the Trail he was on before we did so.”

  • Kwame Kilpatrick

    “I cheated on my wife and I lied about it. The maturity I didn’t have was how to balance that job with family and spirituality… [I was] hard headed. I didn’t realize that until I was sitting in solitary confinement.” Kilpatrick exchanged an endless stream of text messages with city official Christine Beatty, who was also married at the time. Kilpatrick, then the Mayor of Detroit, covered up the affair, and after lying about it in court, plead guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice, resigned, and served four months in prison.

  • Larry Craig

    “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom,” the Senator said, in response to his arrest for propositioning an undercover cop by tapping his foot in an airport bathroom. Craig was allowed to finish his term in the Senate but has rarely been heard from since.

  • Barney Frank

    House of Representatives member, Democratic Congressman for nearly 30 years, and the first openly gay member of the House, Barney Frank, was pretty awesome… until he had an affair with Steve Gobie, a male prostitute, in 1989. While Frank was single at the time, he still paid for sex, which was illegal in his state of Massachusetts. But then Frank also hired the prostitute to run errands and live at his home… where Gobie kept on working as a prostitute. Nope, he’s not working here as a prostitute, he’s just my pool boy.

  • Eliot Spitzer

    Wait, what’s this? Gremlins? “There are no excuses,” Spitzer told Matt Lauer. “I have tried to address these gremlins; confront them. What I did was an egregious violation of trust to my family, to my colleagues, to the state, and I’ve paid a price and appropriately so.” Well, at least he didn’t make excuses, right?

  • Bill Clinton

    “That depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.”

  • John Ensign

    “While I stand behind my firm belief that I have not violated any law, rule, or standard of conduct of the Senate, and I have fought to prove this publicly, I will not continue to subject my family, my constituents, or the Senate to any further rounds of investigation, depositions, drawn out proceedings, or especially public hearings. For my family and me, this continued personal cost is simply too great.” In other words, I am innocent but would rather look guilty than have the Feds look through my trash folder.

  • David Vitter

    “Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there with God and them.” I’m a public figure, but my possible involvement in illegal prostitution and diaper-wearing is none of your business because I invoke Jesus.

  • John Edwards

    “I have no idea what you’re asking about. I’ve responded, consistently, to these tabloid allegations by saying I don’t respond to these lies and you know that… and I stand by that.” That’s ex-Senator Edwards, telling the press that allegations he had fathered his mistress’ love child were hogwash. A few months later, he admitted he had fathered the love child while his wife was dying of cancer.

  • Anthony Weiner

    “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal” Representative Weiner tried to convince us he had just Tweeted a picture of his crotch because a hacker had actually posted it, but at a press conference a few days later, he admitted to sending the photo, having online relationships with six women (not including his wife), and being a dumbass.

  • BONUS: Silvio Berlusconi

    “Better to have a passion for beautiful women than to be gay.” That’s the then-married then-Italian Prime Minister telling a friend that, hey, it was okay to host orgies at his villa that may have included hookers and teenage girls because… well, you read the dumb quote.