Reports: Mark Sanford for Congress?

Rachel Rose Hartman

Does the Appalachian Trail lead back to Washington?

Republican Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina—and the man who infamously claimed to have been "hiking the Appalachian Trail" while he was, in fact, visiting his mistress—reportedly is considering a political comeback as the successor to GOP Rep. Tim Scott, CNN first reported late Thursday.

Sources say Sanford is seriously considering running in the special election to succeed the 1st District congressman, who has been tapped to fill Sen. Jim DeMint's seat in the Senate. DeMint is resigning to head up the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

But wait, there's more.

Sanford's ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, has not closed the door on running for Scott's seat, meaning that the two exes could face off against one another in the electoral arena.

Sanford made headlines in 2009 when no one could find the sitting governor, not even his family. He told his staff he planned to hike the Appalachian Trail, but it was later revealed that he was in Argentina with his mistress, to whom he's now engaged.