What distinguishes disgraced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s sex scandal from those of David Vitter, “Teary” Jim McGreevy, Eliot Spitzer, Larry Craig and John Edwards? In this case there is no supportive wife standing alongside the offending male. Mrs. S told the inquiring press, “I don’t know where dude is, nor do I care.” Well, girlfriend cares, in the sense that they have four boys together, and she appears to have been open to reconciliation. As to their formal separation, or the lack thereof, First Lady Jenny Sanford thought the matter private, understandably so.
The governor appeared more uneasy than remorseful during his press statement, pausing and stuttering as if the magnamity had just hit him. This made it hard to gauge whether he really cares whether he “…hurt…” state, staff, and family. One has to say that, true or not. The pol who preferred “…doing something exotic in Argentina…” (do you mean someone, Governor Sanford) to hiking the Appalachian Trail, has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do if he sexed his Latin lover on the Palmetto’s State’s dime.
Another 2012 GOP presidential candidate bites the dust.