"The reality of our lives is if we live long enough, we’re going to fail at something. I absolutely failed in my personal life and my marriage. The one place I didn’t ever fail was with the taxpayers. If you look at my 20 years in politics, what you would see is a fairly remarkable consistency in trying to watch out for the taxpayer."Laura Clawson of the Daily Kos helpfully refreshed our memory about this hypocrite-- Sanford was the "Appalachian Trail" guy who disappeared from public view for a week back in 2009 in order to hook up with his Latina girlfriend (not even his wife or security detail knew that he had "taken a hike" out of the country). After the ensuing media frenzy, he was hit with 37 ethics charges related to his personal travel and use of campaign funds. He ultimately paid $74,000 to settle those charges and avoid a hearing. As governor, Sanford spent more than $468,000 on state-funded travel, including $44,000 on business- and first-class tickets. He had a state plane take him from Myrtle Beach to Columbia so he could get a haircut. In total, Sanford used state planes more than twice as much as the two previous governors combined. Sanford was finally shamed into repaying South Carolina for what had been a state-funded trip to Argentina, when it became public knowledge that the true purpose of the trip was to spend time with his Argentine girlfriend Maria Belen Shapur.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Son Of Sanford
On the Today show this week, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (who is looking to re-boot his political career by running for congress) had this to say: