Thursday, June 25, 2009

Meet me in Argentina

Daily News front page: Buenos Airhead - Meet America's latest Luv Guv
NY Post front page: Runaway gov: Cry for me, Argentina. - Lust and found!

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford takes the oath of office for a second term with his wife, Jenny, and four sons, standing by, on Jan. 10, 2007.

State Sen. John Land, leader of the South Carolina Senate's Democrats, stopped short of calling for Mr. Sanford to resign but questioned whether the governor could be effective in office. He is prohibited by law from seeking a third term.

"The position he's taken the whole time he's been in office is, 'I'm smarter than the rest, I'm more religious than the rest, I'm more godly than the rest,'" Mr. Land said. "I just don't see how he can come back and be a sinner like the rest of us and function."


Mr. Sanford, who received an MBA from the University of Virginia, was a real-estate broker before forming his own leasing and brokerage company in flourishing coastal Charleston, S.C. Though a multimillionaire himself, Mr. Sanford forged his political identity over the past 15 years around moral virtue and frugality.

Joined in the moral virtue department (and dalliance) by Senator Ensign, and thrice-married Speaker Gingrich and Mayor Guiliani. What a group.

After winning election to Congress in 1994, Mr. Sanford voted to impeach President Bill Clinton after his deceptions regarding an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Around the same time, he said he struggled with whether to support Rep. Bob Livingston, who was in line to be House speaker when he acknowledged extramarital affairs. "We as a party want to hold ourselves to high standards, period," Mr. Sanford said during a 1998 interview with the Associated Press.


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