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Last year around this time, New York State was still reeling from a major scandal that brought down it’s governor, Elliot Spitzer.
Now it’s South Carolina’s turn.
Today, it’s governor, Mark Sanford, announced he had an affair with another woman. This, after he was suspiciously absent from his duties as South Carolina’s leader for 7 days.
Governor Sanford said he was in Argentina on personal business.
In a press conference, Governor Sanford declared the affair, “is now over”. He also describing the woman who lives in Argentina as a “dear, dear friend” who he has known for about eight years and been romantically involved with for about a year.
He said he has seen her three times since the affair began, and wife found out about it five months ago. A newspaper published steamy e-mails between Sanford and the woman. He did not identify her.
At least one state lawmaker called for his resignation. As a congressman, Sanford voted in favor of three of four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, citing the need for “moral legitimacy.”
Eventually, it would be up to the voters of South Carolina to decide what to do with him and whether he’s capable of running the state.
At this point in his political career, he’s damaged goods to the Republican Party. So much for 2012 and the presidency!