(Photo courtesy SC Office of the Governor)
Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina admitted to a year-long adulterous affair today. Following the example of philandering Republican Senator John Ensign, he resigned his party leadership position. Mr. Sanford was chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Like Senator Ensign, Mark Sanford was considered a strong GOP presidential contender. Unlike Mr. Ensign, Governor Sanford did not have the common decency to violate his marriage vows on American soil with an employee or a friend’s wife, but outsouced his adultery to Argentina, a politically unwise move in a state that has seen most of its textile industry decamp for Latin America and Asia.
While the Governor was enjoying his privacy at a foreign location unknown to his wife and staff, the South Carolina State Legislature overrode ten of his vetoes. This followed a recent South Carolina Supreme Court ruling that reversed the Governor’s decision not to accept additional Federal funds for the unemployed people of his state.
Some days it doesn’t even pay to get out of your Argentinian mistress’s bed.
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