COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford, who has admitted having an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman, met Friday with members of his Cabinet, saying he wanted to apologize to them personally.
"I had not yet had a chance to apologize to you all personally. I wanted to do so," the governor said.
"I've made general apologies to the people of South Carolina or to staff at large, but you all are really the epicenter of that team that ... through about 65,000 state employees, serves the people of South Carolina. And so I wanted generally to apologize to every one of you all for letting you down."
After disappearing from the public eye for nearly a week, Sanford, 49, acknowledged Wednesday that he had not hiked the Appalachian Trail - as his staff had said earlier - but had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina.