The South Carolina Governor and the Argentine Affair
Written by Janet
Last week the Governor of South Carolina was missing, and no one knew where he was, not even his wife….the report his office released was that he was in the mountains hiking, when in fact he hopped a plane to South America, Argentina, in fact to be with his mistress.
The governor admitted last week to a yearlong affair with a woman in Argentina. He and his wife say they will try to reconcile. Some lawmakers are calling for him to resign because he used public money to see the mistress during one trip, and because he was out of touch with his staff during his recent weeklong tryst.
Sanford repeatedly said he did not use public money for the trip, so it was not clear why he has agreed to reimburse the state for some of the more-than $8,000 in taxpayer money spent on the Argentina leg of an economic development trip to South America last year. (And in another report, his wife told him not to go on that trip.)
Today he is admitting to other encounters with his Argentine mistress than he previously has disclosed. The governor described seven meetings with the woman, including their first in 2001. Sanford says there have been five over a 12-month period, including two multi-night stays with her in New York.
It was the first disclosure of any get-togethers with her in the United States and contradicted a public confession last week during which he admitted to a total of four encounters in the past year.
He previously announced he would reimburse the state for money spent during a government trip to Brazil and Argentina in June 2008. But he insists no public money was used for any other meetings with her.