Mark Sanford may return to Congress this week after Tuesday's special election in South Carolina, but the welcoming committee isn't exactly rolling out the red carpet.

In an interview with The Washington Post's Brook Silva-Braga, Sanford's potential South Carolina GOP colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy wouldn't even speak Sanford's name. He instead emphasized that Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who was appointed to the Senate from the seat Sanford is seeking, will be impossible to replace.

Watch the verbal gymnastics here:

Sanford's potential colleagues in the South Carolina delegation have almost universally been hesitant to associate themselves with him.

“I hope you have a phenomenal weekend, and I want you to be able to do everything you want to do this weekend,” Gowdy said last month when asked about Sanford. “I’ll talk to you about whatever you want to talk about — but not Mark Sanford. Anything else — not that.”