Sanford's Thursday visit to focus on SRS, Aiken Tech events

AIKEN -- South Carolina's embattled governor will visit a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at Savannah River Site and speak to Aiken Technical College staff and students.

Gov. Mark Sanford will make stops at Savannah River Site at 10 a.m. and Aiken Technical College One-Stop Career Center in Graniteville at 12:30 p.m., said his communications director Ben Fox.

The governor will join others for the Department of Energy’s Bio Mass Co-Generation facility groundbreaking, Mr. Fox said. Later, he will meet with Aiken Technical College President Susan Winsor, staff and students at the One Stop Career Center in Graniteville.

“He wants to see how the center is benefiting South Carolina,” Mr. Fox said. “It’s a key part of providing quality jobs and improving our economy.”

The meetings will be casual, and the governor will take questions, he said.

In June, the Mr. Sanford faced criticism from colleagues and constituents for taking an unannounced weeklong trip to visit his mistress in Argentina. Since admitting to the trip and the affair with a woman he called his "soul mate," reports questioning Mr. Sanford's use of state money and transportation have been published. An investigation by the state ethics commission is pending.

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