PIGS  5:43 pm July 17, 2009

Sanford Lived So Fancy On Taxpayers’ $$$

by Sara K. Smith

Just another pig at the trough.After an investigation revealed that South Carolinian Ambassador to Argentina Mark Sanford had not misspent taxpayer funds in the course of perpetrating his adulterous affair with some hot lady, people were sad. They were sad because the “abused state funds” charge would have been the real corker on top of the “wandering peen” charge, in terms of ways to get the guy out of office.

Now it appears that, while Sanford didn’t ask South Carolinians to foot the bill for whatever, hot rock massages and lavish bouquets for his mistress, he HAS gone flying all over the place in business class, which is a Sin. The state’s Budget and Control Board suggests that “travel by commercial airlines will be accomplished in coach or tourist class, except where exigencies require otherwise.”

Maybe he encountered many exigencies, because he spent over $44,000 in business and first-class tickets while his poor aides suffered in coach.

(He is probably just used to traveling like a rich person, because in “real life” he is a rich person.)

Oh also he is always talking about the importance of frugality and reaming other state employees for failing to stay within state reimbursement guidelines for hotels while he often goes over the limit himself.

He probably also tips the housekeeping staff poorly and runs off with all the shampoo samples.

Sanford traveled well on taxpayers’ dime [Politico]

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Elm Hugger July 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I will miss Mark when he is gone, Blago has now gotten another stint as a radio host. At least Mark got something out of the deal, all Illinois got was a bunch of hair brushes….

Humpback July 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Alt text: “And in first class we get this neat do-it-yourself barbecue.”

Buzz Feedback July 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Piglet on Pork Sword.

BlueStateLibtard July 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Most people in South Carolina can’t afford to fly lowly coach. Sanford flying first class on the taxpayer dime to another hemisphere for some nookie will go over great with them.

finallyhappy July 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm

thank you, Sara, you read my comment and gave me my story. Not quite the resignation story I wanted but at least now you kept my weekend from being ruined

Packherd July 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm

When first I read this, I mistook “perpetrated” for “penetrated.” Have I committed a sin?

V572625694 July 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Do I have to do everything around here? From AP:

“…State Rep. Nikki Haley, a Republican, was a member of the state mission to China. A leading ally of Sanford’s in the legislature, Haley had just wrapped up her freshman term when she was invited to attend the World Economic Forum with the governor. She recalled a dozen or so delegates, mostly from the business community, but said she couldn’t remember whether she flew coach or first class. Although expense records released by the state Commerce Department and comptroller’s office do not show the type of ticket purchased, her flight cost $6,842.”It was a big deal that we were the only state in the country that was asked to bring a delegation,” Haley said. “It was very prestigious.” Other state employees who went on the trip charged the state between $1,905 and $3,963 each for their flights, the expense records show.”

Ms Haley, a gubernatorial candidate:


RoscoePColtraine July 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

First Class = FREE BOOZE.

Can this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?

Packherd July 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

[re=365318]Humpback[/re]: Those are some adorable fucking pigs, tho.

LittlePig July 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Oh baby. Daddy like.

widget09 July 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Mark ought to go on one of those personal responsibility and family values lecture circuits, he has stellar credibility.

Joshua Norton July 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm

See? He’s saving money even as we watch. Right now, he’s showing us how he makes bacon and eggs from scratch.

ManchuCandidate July 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm

“Peeple are loosing 5, 10, 20100 dollars a day playing the state lotterys, and he’s sitting there in furst class on my taxys,” one caller said. “It’s insulting. There’s a lot of people suffering. Oh. He’s white? Forget I said anything.”

LittlePig July 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I love the way he holds those two marvelous pieces of himself.

BlueStateLibtard July 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm

At least when Hopey’s flying around on Air Force One it’s to take his WIFE on a date. Have we finally broken into the famous opposite-world were Dems are faithful family men who wear mommie jeans and Repubatards are cheating, taxpayer-swindling swine? I think so.

SayItWithWookies July 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Sanford’s spokesman, Joel Sawyer, did not answer questions about whether Sanford’s state-funded travel conflicted with either his penny-pinching rhetoric or state travel rules.
Instead, he said in a statement: “Gov. Sanford has always made it a point to be incredibly judicious with his travel and compares favorably to previous administrations on that front.”

…right before he quit.

Min July 17, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Mark Sanford holding piglets. Redundant image is very redundant.

hobospacejunkie July 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Soon as the camera’s off he gonna fuck them little pigs.

pedestrian rage July 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Are those Maria’s hemisphere’s he’s holding?

Lascauxcaveman July 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

“Have Peen, Will Travel”

(Business Class or or better.)

pedestrian rage July 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Are those Maria’s hemispheres he’s holding? (pardon me; I got a little possessive in my previous post – get it? har!)

Todd Mecklem July 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm

A little compassion, please. It was a long flight, and at the end of it, his little piggie had to be in good shape to root around in Evita’s “Southern Cone.” In coach seats your manly bits can get so, y’know, smooshed & compressed.

Smoke Filled Roommate July 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I wonder if those pigs are part of the Mile High Club.

canadians for pussy July 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm

For Gods sake somebody save the little piggys

Itsjustme July 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm


Jukesgrrl July 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm

[re=365329]V572625694[/re]: Thanks for the portrait of the Ambassador’s seat-mate. He certainly does have a type. Are we getting bored yet? How about a blondie, just to change things up?

C is for cookie July 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Damn.. flashbacks of diliverance comes to mind..
Probably got the girlfriend because his wife won’t squeal like a pig..

madtowngooner July 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Lahk they say down soweth, skweel lahk a pig. He shoor’n got purdy lips , Also

Extemporanus July 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm

[re=365329]V572625694[/re]: That wouldn’t be the same same “NIKKI HALEY” who was totally-definitely-100%-without-a-doubt-ok-maybe-not banging Sanford before Maria came on the scene and ruined everything, would it?

Extemporanus July 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

[re=365360]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: “Have peen, will ball.”

Nailed it!

El Bombastico July 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

This is kinda bullshit. Even if its of a low-rent, backward shithole state, he IS a governor. A governor should be allowed to fly first-class. Could you imagine if you went to the airport, and your governor was fumbling his Travelpro carry-on next to some mouthbreathing family in coach?!? South Carolinians have to put enough with enough ego-brusing indignities (foremost of which is being from fucking South Carolina) to have to watch their governor brought humble.

V572625694 July 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

[re=365402]Extemporanus[/re]: Maybe it was planned as a three-way, hengh? Mark’s a’sparkin!

finallyhappy July 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Is it me or is one of those pigs the same color as Boehner? I’m just saying.

desertwind July 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Of course, being a penny pincher when it comes to his personal money, this millionaire BRAGGED that he travels coach (and slept in his stupid congro office). You just know he’s a feller who’s always forgot his wallet and is quick with the “My treat next time!”

It was only a matter of time before Maria threw his tightwad ass out. He was probably cryin’ for five days in Argentina because he had to buy her dinner one night.

IceCreamEmpress July 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

because in “real life” he is a rich person

I thought all the money was the wife’s family money?

jasper f. krone July 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Well, as the old saw goes: Ham and Eggs: the chicken is involved; the pig is committed.

A Better American Than YOU July 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm

If there’s anything fundamentalist Christians love more than sinning, it’s confessing. When I was in high school, my Baptist Sunday School teacher confessed to committing an insurance fraud when he was college age. I asked, “So you paid them back after you became a Christian?” Funny thing, we never saw him again.

Bearbloke July 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm
NYNYNY July 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm

[re=365322]BlueStateLibtard[/re]: Well, first you’ll need someone to read the newspaper to them, then explain what airplanes are. Some of them might be mad by that point. Or at least extremely confused.

Mr Blifil July 17, 2009 at 9:36 pm

[re=365329]V572625694[/re]: In other words he went so far into her hole, when he came up he was in China?

Hunger Tallest Palin July 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Let’s take my wee wee-wee ALL the way home!

sezme July 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I would have gone with “wandering ween” or perhaps in honour of lascauxcavemen, “journeying johnson”.

chascates July 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm

[re=365329]V572625694[/re]: Couldn’t remember if she flew coach or first class? That’s like saying you couldn’t remember if, at a prestigious dinner, you had Beef Wellington or a PBJ sandwich.

BobLoblawLawBlog July 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm

This just in: famous adulterous scumbag in politics is also a hypocrite in other ways.

nightshift July 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Why the fuck is the governor of South Carolina flying all over the world in coach or otherwise? I didn’t realize SC was such a world economic power. I thought it was more like Goober and Floyd the Barber talking about the size of Aunt Bea’s county fair cucumbers (I realize that Mayberry is in NC, but really what’s the diff?)

dijetlo July 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Meandering Man Meat

SayItWithWookies July 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

[re=365508]sezme[/re]: Peripatetic Peen. Peregrinating Poonhound. Itinerant Bishop.

zhubajie July 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I propose that from now on, all Republicans holding public office be eunuchs! If they are intact males when they run, they must have everything removed once they are elected. They can freeze heir parts and have them re-implanted once they leave office.

Might be a good requirment for TV evangelists, too.

Zhu Bajie, not a eunuch or a Republican

Oh hell to the no July 17, 2009 at 11:48 pm

It’s obvious to anyone with half a brain that those pigs supposed to represent Sanford and Maria and Sanford was using them to communicate to Maria that he wanted fly down to Buenos Aires, so that he could pork her and roll around in the mud. He thought no one would suspect the picture his press office released would mean anything other than his support of keeping dark colored pigs away from light skinned pigs. God, it was right there all along. I can’t believe the media dropped the ball on something so obvious. And Sanford is a total pig and such, also.

Hunger Tallest Palin July 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Sallying Schlong.

zhubajie July 18, 2009 at 12:47 am

I believe the pigs had diarrhea all over him.

Smoke Filled Roommate July 18, 2009 at 2:18 am

..Possessor of Priapismic Peen

hobospacejunkie July 18, 2009 at 3:52 am

[re=365555]zhubajie[/re]: Decided to go with an avatar, eh? Thought we wouldn’t notice, eh? We know everything about you. You have a most interesting search history, Mr. Proxy Server.

—–Your Friendly Chinese Govt Watchdog

snarkistani refugee July 18, 2009 at 3:55 am

Those aint feedin’ teats, they’s eatin teats.

He needs to be wearing the wonder piglet-man-bra.

Carly July 18, 2009 at 5:24 am


sezme July 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm

[re=365529]SayItWithWookies[/re], [re=365527]dijetlo[/re],[re=365536]Hunger Tallest Palin[/re]: soulmate-seeking summer sausage?

Pirate King of the Jews July 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm

You got a pretty mouth…

kdaddy July 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

He’ll resign when pigs can fly, oh wait…

inedalo July 19, 2009 at 6:05 am

see up everybody, one reason LoverBoy Sanford ain’t about to resign is that (acc. to Noo Yawk Times article today, citing the local S.C. paper The State), the Lt.Gov. who would take over if HotBalls Sanford treks down the Appalachian Trail to the Argentine Tail again, is reputed to be (oh my gawd!) GAY.
get out your Gaydar, chaps and chappies, this fellow Andre Bauer (fishy name, no?) not only crashed an airplane but also collected numerous speeding tickets.
So maybe this is why the Good & Ignorant citizens of S.C. (the secession state) prefer to keep philanderer Sanford in his governance position.
check it out, i kid you not.

trondant July 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm

[re=365522]nightshift[/re]: South Carolina is the Bad Carolina.

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