Sanford visits Aiken County

GRANITEVILLE -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford told staff and spectators at Aiken Technical College's One-Stop Career Center his mission was using the current “political energy” around him to advance the story of South Carolina.

“Let's see if we can do something good with it,” he told reporters at the career center Thursday afternoon. “There's a real vibrancy to this community that, as the national and global economy pick up, will do well.”

The embattled state head was surrounded by a swarm of cameras and supporters during most of his tour as he asked questions about the functions of the career center and how it helps unemployed Aiken residents.

The governor spoke with North Augusta resident Thomas Spillane, who was looking for a job in the chemical industry, during his visit. Mr. Spillane said he appreciated the governor's interest in him finding employment after 10 months without a job.

“It shows concern,” Mr. Spillane said. “We need someone who cares about what's going on right now.”

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