Mark Sanford Learns It's Unethical to Fly Off and Disappear to See Your Mistress

Monday, November 23, 2009 , , 4 Comments

Come on, homie, you should have come up with a good alibi before trotting off to the Trail. Trust me on that one.


South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges he broke state laws more than three dozen times by violating rules on airplane travel and campaign money, according to details of the allegations released Monday.

It's up to the state attorney general to decide whether to file criminal charges. Sanford's lawyers have claimed the allegations involve minor and technical aspects of the law.

The second-term Republican governor has been under scrutiny since he vanished for five days over the summer, reappearing to tearfully admit to an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina he later called his "soul mate."

A series of Associated Press investigations into his travel showed the governor had for years used state airplanes for political and personal trips, flown in pricey commercial airline seats despite a low-cost travel requirement and failed to disclose trips on planes owned by friends and donors.

The State of Columbia newspaper also questioned whether Sanford properly reimbursed himself from his campaign cash.

The ethics commission conducted a three-month probe into the allegations, details of which have been awaited anxiously by legislators contemplating whether to force Sanford from office in January a year before his term-limited tenure expires.

The panel announced last week that Sanford would face "several" charges but did not reveal the specifics until Monday.

The governor's lawyers last week characterized the accusations as minor and technical and predicted Sanford would face no criminal repercussions.

The attorneys also said they looked forward to mounting a defense against the charges when the ethics panel holds a hearing into them early next year. They also confirmed that Sanford — as the state investigation was being conducted — added disclosures of his private plane flights to his ethics forms.

For months, Sanford has insisted he did nothing wrong and served as a better steward of the taxpayer dollar than his predecessors. But the former congressman's penchant for riling fellow Republicans who control the Legislature has left him with few allies since the startling June news conference during which he admitted to the affair.

You know what? Leave the guy alone. We all need a good hike sometimes... His only mistake was not coming up with something "useful" to be doing for those five days he took off for and forgetting to at least let his deputy governor know where he was running off to. Is that illegal or just really stupid?

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Pinky Swear said...

Tighten your focus, friend. Maybe Mark Sanford's holidays and first-class travel are why people read you, but I doubt it.

Duly noted, P.S., I'll try to stick to making fun of the Fed and flinging expletives at our dear Treasury Secretary in the future :)


OldSouth said...

Pinky has no sense of humor, imho.

So much in government works so badly because we elect knuckleheads like Sanford; who, let us say delicately, think with the wrong parts of their bodies.

We have an economic problem because we have a culture-wide arrogance, greed, stupidity, amorality and lack of character problem.

I keep thinking, since the economy is going to be dreary for a few years, that we might spend some of our energies in the meantime addressing these more basic challenges.

Idiots like Mark Sanford and Eliot Spitzer are useful examples. You can use them as reminders of what not to do, and how bad things happen to people who act stupidly.

You go, Miz' JDA! You're just getting warmed up.


first of all, saw Skeptical CPA picked you up the other day. too awesome :)

secondly, Sanford is my favorite governor. He got lost and obsessed and couldn't even control himself and just fucking fell off of the face of the planet. He was ready to be President if he could fake it long enough except he couldn't, he was miserable and found this woman who pulled him out of what even the thought of being President of the United States couldn't do. That's a broken man right there, whether he was following his dick or not, and he found something that redeemed him and didn't involve politics. Whoops. Happens to the best of us, right?

It was very real what happened to him. And I think if we got more "real" out of TPTB, we'd be a lot better off.

There are larger problems than Mark Sanford's dick, and that's sort of what I was trying to say. There's a right way and a wrong way to do this, we all have our fucking human-ness to contend with, so what? I'd love to see Barack Obama tell me something that doesn't feel contrived and forced and plastic.

Just my $0.02.