June 26th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
9 years ago

South Carolina governor apologizes to Cabinet

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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.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Lloyd Roberts, Jamaica, NY

    So, another republican hypocrite. Here's the problem. Dem's engage in the same behavior as Repub's, i.e adultery, pedophilia, corruption, etc. The big difference is that Dem"s don't preach the holier than thou family values crap. And that's what makes the GOP so appalling. GOP, get back to your roots and stay out of people's personal lives. When the social conservatives took over the GOP, that's when I bolted. Such hypocrisy from that party, it's truly sickening

    June 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    Would the media puh-leez stop rehashing the Appalachian Trail story. It was a transparently BS cover story from the beginning. It just makes you guys look credulous to keep bringing it up.

    June 26, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. gerry

    Forget the apologies, just resign and fade away to Argentina, please.

    June 26, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Look I'm as liberal as they come, but this is ridiculous.

    I know this guy is a hypocrite, who campaigned on the "moral values" issue, and he did do bad things, I don't have a problem with his cheating (that is something between him and his wife), I have a problem with lying and using government funds to do his cheating (yeah he paid back, after he got caught, but do you think anybody else would not be charged with stealing after stealing, let's say a TV, and AFER GETTING CAUGHT saying I'll pay for it now ). By the way this goes also for some Dems who decided to pay back their taxes after they got caught so I'm not defending either side.

    But this apologizing to everybody for this crap is ridiculous. If SCarolina wants to charge this guy, charge him, if the SCarolinians want this guy gone, impeach him and throw him out, but cut this crap CNN. I don't want to see this guys face again. Let SC deal with him.

    ...and don't worry CNN, as I write this, there is another high ranking GOP-er cheating on his wife (let's hope it's not in a public bathroom with a male hooker meth dealer wearing a diaper, you know the "Republican Cheatings Gone Wild" kind of stuff).

    June 26, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. E.J. in Tacoma

    Why give this man anymore coverage! This is absurd!

    June 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Pragmatic

    all these apologies just don't ring true ... the old "take me to the river – forgive and forget so I can go and sin some more." Not sorry, with all those crocodile tears – just sorry he got caught!

    June 26, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Meagan, NJ

    Is it soup yet?

    Why hasn't this man's 15 minutes of fame ENDED. He makes me sick. I don't feel sorry for anyone who puts himself ahead of his wife and four innocent boys. Give him the boot SC, and move on. Let him go back to his Latin lover and stay with her. He shouldn't bother to come back, no one cares.

    June 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Mike Moderate

    I sure we had more GOP moral value folks like him every day. Why...think of all the hypocrisy we can show the world.

    Hey Sanford....how about apologizing to Bill Clinton for what you said about him. You are not one bit better than he was on this subject.. I will wait for that apology.........yeah sure.......hypocrite!!!

    June 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. yuri

    Instead of offerin' apologies, Sanford would be wise to tender his resignation. That will at least restore his credibility partially.

    June 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Seems like a good time to get him on CNN so he can cry
    somemore to John King.

    June 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Sherrol in Canada


    June 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Time for Truth

    If Republican leaders, some of the most self-righteous people ever, do not force Sanford out of office (either for having the affair or for using state funds to pay for it, or for both), then the Republican Party will have nothing left to run on.

    Btw, Vitter, Ensign, and Craig are still in office, and the Republican Party already appears to stand for nothing.

    June 26, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. annoymous

    If he is being asked to step down due to his actions contributing to the decline in family values then we need to request that all the " gay politicians " step down from their post, that is more detrimental to family values.....sorry but it's true.

    June 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Denna

    Not so cocky now as you were when you refused to take stimulus money to help the poor schools in your state. Mark. God don't like ugly and your actions have been ugly on steroids. You are a fake "family values" advocate who kicked it all to the wind for a tryst. I can't believe Jenny is staying with you, but I supposed living in the Governor's mansion has some perks. I understand that she wanted you out of the house. Somebody ought to tell her that if you leave the Governor's mansion, she's got to go too. Good luck buddy; you're going to need it.

    June 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Joe in CA

    And I'm sure he had some real looking tears too. Remember Jerry Swaggert, oh, boo hoo, I have sinned, please forgive me. I love my wife and kids. The devil made me do it

    June 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. HJA

    Lets see what did they call the GOP? Moron authority, imoral authority ............MORAL MAJORITY Thats it...............Now thats funny.

    June 26, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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