Police: Sanford didn't break law to visit mistress

Thursday, July 2, 2009 2:38 PM
Last updated 4:45 PM
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COLUMBIA - South Carolina's top cop says Gov. Mark Sanford did not improperly use state funds for visits with his Argentine mistress.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd said today that Sanford did not break any laws. The governor's spokesman says he does not intend to resign.

South Carolina's attorney general asked police to investigate the governor's travel after Sanford told The Associated Press that he had spent time with Maria Belen Chapur more often than previously disclosed.

Sanford has given two personal checks totaling $3,300 to the state treasurer as reimbursement for part of a taxpayer-funded trip to South America last year. He says the money covered lodging, meals and airfare to Buenos Aires, where he saw Chapur.

Top South Carolina Republicans have called for Sanford to step down, but he said in a statement that he will not resign or leave office temporarily.

View the documents

The governor's office released two sets of documents today, showing travel expenses charged to the state and to Gov. Sanford's personal credit card.

- Public expenses [PDF]

- Private expenses [PDF]

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CyndiCk 07/02/09 - 05:06 pm
Oh so I guess God's law

Oh so I guess God's law doesn't count?

g-dog express
g-dog express 07/02/09 - 05:39 pm
If it is God's law then it is

If it is God's law then it is for God to judge.

If he didn't break mans law then he should not pay for a law he didn't commit. Yes he did betray the confidence of the people in South Carolina but on a national level others have committed the same types of moral failure and never received the harsh criticism that he has. When Bill Clinton did it the common phrase I heard was, "As long as he doesn't affect my pocketbook I don't care what he does."

Though I do not agree with what he has done I do have to ask, why is there a double standard? Why is ok for democrats to have a moral failure but not republicans?

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