Gov. Sanford’s wallet is about to feel lighter
South Carolina's ethically tainted governor may not have been forced from office, but his actions will cut into his pocketbook. Late last week, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) agreed to a legal settlement over ethics issues in which he admits no guilt but pays more than $140,000 in fines and reimbursement.
A portion of this amount will reimburse the state for Sanford's use of state aircraft, high-priced airline tickets and other travel costs.
Also last week, a judge finalized Sanford's divorce from his wife, Jenny.
What is most amazing is that a governor like Sanford who has been so thoroughly discredited can continue to put out press statements with phrases such as this:
"I continue to maintain my belief in the innocence of my actions being judged by the Ethics Commission."