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South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday to an affair, and resigned his position as chair of the Republican Governor's Association following a strange week in which the governor dropped off the grid and could not be located.
The governor said that his staff did not deserve blame for giving misleading statements about his whereabouts to the press - first that he was off writing and then that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
"I apologize to my staff," Sanford said in a statement released after the 2 p.m. news conference. "I misled them about my whereabouts, and as a result the people of South Carolina believed something that wasn't true. I want to make absolutely clear that over the past two days at no time did anyone on my staff intentionally relay false information to other state officials or the public at large. What they've said over the past two days they believed to be true, and I'm sorry to them for putting them in this position."
Sanford's announcement was the latest twist in a story that began as a mystery but now has turned into a fiasco for Sanford, whose staff provided a series of increasingly confusing cover stories when his whereabouts became the subject of global news coverage.
“I don’t know how this thing got blown out of proportion,” the governor told The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., after he landed at the Atlanta airport Wednesday morning.
Originally posted by whaaa
But spending taxpayer dollars on a foreign vacation when my personal finances can't even afford a fishing trip across state..........
Get a rope........
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by warrenb
I dunno warrenb, I think this has been going on for about at least six months according to his wife. Of course he looks believable here...
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
.... and his wife should be afforded a baseball bat to strike out at the pinata he now represents.
Originally posted by RRconservative
Let me be the first....can't believe this name has not come up.
Bill Clinton......didn't he use this type of behavior as a resume enhancement? When he was running for President his lewd behavior was well known. I guess since he didn't admit it that it was OK?
The woman, who lives in Argentina, has been a "dear, dear friend" for about eight years but, Sanford said, the relationship didn't become romantic until a little over a year ago. He's seen her three times since then, and his wife found out about it five months ago.