[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/18/art.sanford0318.gi.jpg caption="South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford acknowledged Thursday that he violated state ethics rules on campaign spending and government travel."]
Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose political career flamed out after he admitted a year-long affair last year with an Argentine woman he called his "soulmate," acknowledged Thursday that he violated state ethics rules on campaign spending and government travel.
Sanford did not go quietly. He said in a statement that he still believed "in the innocence of my actions" and boasted of his record for fiscal responsibility while in office. Sanford said his administration has spent 63 percent less on travel than his predecessor did.
"[I]t's time to move on," Sanford said. "While I believe I would be vindicated on all these matters if there were ever a full airing, the people of South Carolina have moved on from all that unfolded last summer and this administration has moved on as well."
Sanford, who is not running for re-election in November, had been considered a 2012 Republican presidential candidate before he admitted his affair in a nationally televised statement.
The South Carolina Ethics Commission launched a probe into whether he tapped taxpayer resources for personal use, including travel to meet his mistress. In November, the panel charged Sanford with 37 violations of the state ethics code.
Last month, a judge granted a divorce to Sanford's wife, Jenny, who separated from her husband last summer.