Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Plunging to the Earth.

Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, a shining star of the Republican Party, an outspoken critic of the President and a presidential hopeful for 2012, is an adulterer. He disappeared for a few days and everybody in the state was worried. His aides said that he had gone to the mountains for a retreat and to work on a couple of projects and he had turned off his cell phone.

It turns out that he was in Argentina visiting his mistress. Now that he has been caught, he is apologizing.

I wonder if he used taxpayer money for his visit to Argentina. UPDATE: His trip last year was apparently funded by the taxpayers.

Another wrinkle is that adultery is illegal in South Carolina (section 16-15-60 of South Carolina Code of Laws).


Ani said...

"Don't cry for me, Carolina..." (cheap but somebody had to). You know what America needs? More female governors, unless they're named Sarah...

Ani said...

I've just met a girl named Maria,
And suddenly that name
Will never be the same
To me.
I've just kissed a girl named Maria,
And suddenly I've found
How wonderful a sound
Can be!
Say it loud and there's music playing,
Say it soft and it's almost like praying.

I'll never stop saying Maria!

Unfortunately, that wasn't the text of the governor's email, which reads more like a PowerPoint presentation; excerpts are here:

spm said...

It is such a lame american tradition to tie politicians sexual habits with their ability to govern.

nazarian said...

spm, I don't think so. A governor is a powerful person who controls a lot of money and people.

If he is not fit to make good decisions in his personal life and is dishonest and weak, the odds are that he is going to behave the same way in office. You want a governor with good judgment and strong will to resist urges.

Ani said...

spm, I wouldn't be making fun of this guy (nor would Nazarian, I assume) if he had been a good governor, or if he had not based his entire career on his saintly Christian values. But he was poor at governing (and, reading the emails, none too bright either); he turned down much-needed federal money for South Carolina, money that would go toward schools for African Americans, etc. And like so many conservative Republicans, he trumpeted his moral values as the main reason to vote for him. So, live by the "sword", die by the "sword." (ahem)