Sanford: Pork and Barrel eaten at Charleston restaurant

First Congressional district candidate Mark Sanford joked on MSNBC'S "Morning Joe'" that the two pigs he used in a publicity stunt in 2004 were barbecued.

COLUMBIA (WACH) - So how did "Pork" and "Barrel" taste?

Former Governor and current candidate for South Carolina's vacant 1st Congressional District seat, Mark Sanford, doesn't know, but somebody does, Sanford told Charleston TV anchor Dean Stephens.

Sawyer told WACH-Fox News that Sanford appeared Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" telling the show's host he ate the pigs that he once brought to the Statehouse to protest what he believed to be wasteful spending in the State budget. He says what Sanford said on the show was just a joke. Sawyer said Sanford borrowed the pigs for the stunt in 2004.

Late Wednesday afternoon, WACH's news partner in Charleston, WCIV, interviewed Sanford and asked him directly about the pig story.

Sanford told Stephens he was he "was 99 percent sure" the pigs went to Charleston area barbecue chain Sticky Fingers where they were cooked and served.

For its part, MSNBC has pulled the online video of Sanford's joke.

Sanford won a Republican Party runoff for the GOP's nomination for the candidacy for South Carolina's first district Tuesday. He'll face Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Bush on May 7.

WACH is grateful to WCIV and for their contribution to this story.