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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SC Gov. Mark Sanford was cheating on his wife

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford

In a story that seems to get stranger by the day, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has admitted to having an extramarital affair.

The odd series of events began developing over the weekend when it became apparent that the governor's whereabouts were unknown and news surfaced that he did not spend fathers day with his children.

The media circus intensified when he failed to show up for work on Monday. The governor's office later issued a statement saying that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

However, this morning, the governor was found at the airport on his way home from Buenos Aires. He initially told reporters that he had been vacationing by himself, but later admitted to having a long-running affair with a woman he met in Argentina.

While I don't generally think that a politician's sex life should be any of our business, the fact that he was caught in a series of blatant lies could be a career ending move.

This is really too bad because Sanford, a small government libertarian, was a rising star in the Republican Party and a potential 2012 presidential candidate. The Western Standard previously reported on Sanford here and here.

The moral of the story? Make sure you have an air-tight alibi before skipping town to have sex with your mistress. I thought this was cheating 101.

The governor held a press conference on this matter, which can be seen via the player below.

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Posted by Jesse Kline on June 24, 2009 in U.S. politics | Permalink


As usual, it's all about the man and nothing about the poor wife.

Posted by: epsilon | 2009-06-24 5:18:36 PM

As usual, it's all about the man and nothing about the poor wife.

I think we should get more single people into politics. That way it won't be a scandal when they get laid.

Posted by: Jesse Kline | 2009-06-24 5:28:27 PM

Meanwhile, there are protests in Iran, bombings in Iraq, a war in Afghanistan, and countless other problems far more important than one politician and his personal life. Move along people.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-24 5:53:27 PM

Big Deal. Apparently the majority of people cheat and lie about it.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-24 6:06:41 PM

I'm more concerned about Jon and Kate than I am Governor Sanford.

Seriously, I hoped that Kate killed Jon during this week's episode. That would have been more interesting than Who Killed J. R.!

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-24 6:28:03 PM

This is awful news.

Mark Sanford was my favourite for leader of the Republican Party. He still is, although this news will probably devastate his chances, and make it impossible for him to run.

Gary Johnson it is.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2009-06-24 8:06:57 PM

Integrity and character do count. Do we hold such people to a high standard? Yes, with good reason. Do we expect them to go through life without error? Of course not and we should forgive. Trust may be another matter.

Posted by: DML | 2009-06-24 11:12:14 PM

At least he came clean.

What's that? Oh it's because someone already had gotten ahold of his romancing e-mails?

Well then. Carry on.

Posted by: Timothy | 2009-06-24 11:24:22 PM

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