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  1. penguinsaur
    June 24, 2009

    I cant wait for the daily show/colbert report to rip into him. This is the kind of story comedians live for.

  2. Neophoenician
    June 24, 2009

    …and all this was apparently at the taxpayers’ expense. The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that: “Gov. Mark Sanford ranks in the top 50 [travel spenders] based on the total amount he spent on trips paid by his office and those paid by the state Commerce Department. Mr. Sanford has traveled to China, Argentina and Brazil through the Commerce Department, which has travel reports showing taxpayers covering $21,488 for those trips.”

  3. Bruno
    June 24, 2009

    The Value Voters will have to do without Sanford but at least they have Carrie Prejean, who will one day hold her head up high as her husband cheats on her surreptitiously.

  4. Burr
    June 24, 2009

    You know, the people fighting for “tradition” and the “sanctity of marriage” have done the most damage possible to their most sacred institution by allowing professional liars (politicians, bigoted and totally uneducated priests, etc.) to lead their cause.

    You’d think they’d buy a clue and pull this out of the political sphere, which has severely tarnished it.

  5. Erica
    June 24, 2009

    As a South Carolinian, this actually came as something of a shock. Not that he had a mistress necessarily, just the whole Argentina angle — I suppose he thought that much distance made it safer? more acceptable?

    I didn’t have much respect for him before based on his lack of respect for South Carolinian voters and legislature, and I certainly don’t have any now based on his personal lack of respect for his family. He has some seriously screwed up values.

  6. Lindoro Almaviva
    June 24, 2009

    Values voters will start making excuses for him. they already started on the yahoo boards.

    Value Voters are as blind as they can be. They do not care what these bastards do so long as they repeat the same tired mantra about how gays are “loved” but it is OK to hate the sin and how they are about to bring down the fall of the western hemisphere because they want to marry.

    That’s all their sorry asses want. they could care less about whether their leaders actually live what they preach.

    Before you debate me, go to the yahoo page and see how many people are already making excuses for him and saying that Democrats have nothing to talk about because Clinton played hide the cigar in the oval office.

  7. Richard
    June 24, 2009

    A trusted source assures me FOX News identified him as a Democrat. This reaction to Republican scandals has happened repeatedly with FOX, and may indicate that network believes its viewers are really gullible.

    Otherwise this governor may be better than he is being painted. An eight year friendship finally leading to an affair is hardly on a par with Bill Clinton’s reported tendency to paw any woman with whom he was alone for 15 minutes when he was a governor. Not that I would condemn Clinton too harshly either, but the allegations have little in common. And opposing SSM and civil unions, while I think it misguided, does not necessarily make him a hypocrite just because his own conduct fell short of his ideals.

  8. tavdy79
    June 25, 2009

    Seems Sanford’s erotic imagination is as well-developed as his political acumen.

  9. BJohnM
    June 25, 2009

    He has stated that his wife has known for five months, and she was very obviously NOT standing by his side during the press conference (as so many of these stupid political wives do). I’m guessing he didn’t spend time with them on Father’s Day weekend because they didn’t want to see him.

    And so, feeling all sorry for himself, he took off on his little “hiking expedition” to find some consolation.

    The interesting part, now that he’s been caught, is his claim that he wants to reconcile with his wife and sons. If that were really true, he would have broken off the relationship five months ago when she found out. As usual, me thinks the Governor isn’t really sorry for the affair, just for getting caught.

  10. cowboy
    June 25, 2009

    If this keeps happening to the men in the GOP, Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman Jr. will be their only choices for a candidate for the 2012 election. Huckabee, perhaps?

  11. Марко Фризия
    June 25, 2009

    I feel tremendous pity for this man’s wife and kids. They don’t deserve to be punished for what Sanford has done. I am glad that he didn’t drag his wife to his apology press conference. I am glad she was spared that indignity. That said, I feel tremendous sympathy for the same-sex couples (and their children) who have been on the receiving end of the bigotry and discrimination coming from Sanford and others like him. I think his behavior is hypocritical because he wants to hold others to a high standard that he refused to keep (and he even wanted to pass laws against gay couple). And he campaigned on truth and family values. But I cannot imagine the pain his wife and kids must be feeling.

  12. Ben in Oakland
    June 25, 2009

    Richard wrote: “And opposing SSM and civil unions, while I think it misguided, does not necessarily make him a hypocrite just because his own conduct fell short of his ideals.”

    Ummm honey? That is EXACTLY what makes him a hypocrite. Marriage is a sacred bond blah blahblah and you aren’t entitled to it because you are a sinner.

    The bond is not so sacred that ti cannot be violated and or broken altogether. And last I heard, fornication, adultery, and lying were sins.

  13. Richard
    June 25, 2009

    Perhaps you know more about this than I do, Ben. Life seemed too short to read this man’s intercepted emails, or the transcript of his press conference. I did not say he was not a hypocrite, but that his affair did not by itself prove him so. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” as Paul put it; and some politicians seem to feel it is their duty to demonstrate that in a spectacular fashion. Such a sacrifice for the enlightenment of their constituents should be remembered and rewarded. Or Governor Sanford could just be dumb.

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