Remember that trip Sanford took to several Latin American countries, including Argentina, last summer, as part of a trade mission?
It turns out that, as suspected, he did see Maria while there. And he’s paying the state back for the cost of the Argentina leg.
The governor just put out the following statement:
As noted by the Department of Commerce, I attended a trade mission with the Department of Commerce last June. As the agenda notes, the mission was spent meeting with government and private business officials in both Brazil and Argentina. This trip was handled very professionally by the Department of Commerce, and I’m proud of their work there.
However, while the purpose of this trip was an entirely professional and appropriate business development trip, I made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with. That has raised some very legitimate concerns and questions, and as such I am going to reimburse the state for the full cost of the Argentina leg of this trip.