But not because of sex!As any student of politics will tell you, it matters not one whit when an elected official gets caught having sex with a non-spouse person (provided that person is not a hooker or a member of the same sex or both). However, a single incident of sexual indiscretion gives that person’s enemies carte blanche to investigate the crap out of other possible malfeasances, such as abuse of state funds, that may ultimately land that official out of office. In sum: the sex scandals don’t kill you — it’s the money ones.

Which is why Mark Sanford is headed swiftly up a creek with new evidence that he jetted around the world all fancy-like in spite of stringent state rules governing travel.

Sen. David Thomas on Monday alleged four more overseas flights by Gov. Mark Sanford “constitute a prima facie case” of violating state travel laws requiring state employees to choose the cheapest model of air travel.

[…] Thomas first alleged Sanford’s overseas flights appeared to violate state law several weeks ago, with two trips to London and China. Monday he presented four additional flights to Austria, Japan, Germany and Poland, saying Sanford had flown in business class on each, a difference costing taxpayers about $13,900.

Sanford argues that important functionaries such as governors are obligated to fly around in a high-toned manner so that they may arrive at crucial diplomatic meetings bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, instead of greasy and exhausted like normal travelers. Which may be a good point, but it sounds kind of like bullshit coming from a famously frugal governor who decreed that state employees had to use both sides of their Post-It notes.


More Mark Sanford flights violate law, David Thomas says [Greenville Online]

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  1. He travels C-Street class. Those folks have to be separated from the rest of the passengers, ’cause a divine dispensation to do whatever you want makes Jesus’ representatives on earth pretty damn rowdy. Not that they’re dangerous — just that the non-elect might get the wrong message.

  2. In his defense he did specify state *employees* had to be frugal, not state *officials*. Kind of like when I worked at Smith Barney and they announced that due to the economy employees would not be getting their measly couple hundred dollar holiday bonuses but executives would still be getting their multi-million dollar ones.

  3. If losing office is the price for pursuing one’s heart into the very whirlwind, so be it. Also he has booby trapped his office furniture with Semtex.

  4. It’s true. Sheer “Hot Air” InSannity rants about Democratic “tax cheats” all the time. But he never once mentions all those right wing nutz who’ve cheated on their wives.

  5. Will Ken Starr put down the porno mags he’s ‘browsing through’ in the back room of a sex shop, and come out of retirement to investigate this?

  6. Abusing power, the whoring, incompetence, me first leadershit, abuse of private flights and assholish cheapass proclamations.

    Mark’s talent was wasted in the public sector. At least in the private sector, he could do all this till the company goes bankrupt.

  7. Senator Thomas, in a subsequent press release, argued that Governor Sanford’s accepting bags of salted peanuts is “lorem ipsum” evidence of wrongdoing, and his theft of several small pillows and blankies represented “aureole mediocritas” an admission of ill intent.

    In a separate statement to the press, Governor Sanford stated that he, “deus ex machina”, refused several offers of pretzels and complementary beverages, “ipso facto”. Similarly, his use of restroom facilities in coach class on several occasions, dramatis personae, constituted a magna cum laude pater familias of his own innocence. He concluded by stating for the record, “auribus teneo lupum” while adjusting something inside his bicycling shorts.

  8. London, China, Austria, Japan, Germany *and* Poland? Is he the motherf*ing Charleston Globetrotter? Seriously, what ambassadorial duties does the South Carolina Gov have in Poland? Scoping new markets for Goobers and Clark Bars?

  9. Does RedState have a special clause in their No Hypocrisy Here Hermeneutics which explains away Gov Sanford’s financial scandal–as opposed to his sexual one? I have spent the morning wrapping my (admittedly tiny) brain around their new rationalization for rampant GOP sexual hypocrisy- now I suppose I will proceed to grapple with the philosophical subtleties attendant to the rest of the new GOP “situational ethics”. As a practicing existentialist, I’ve never really had a problem with having THAT particular Bob Bennett-era epithet hurled at me & my fellow travelers; now it’s just plain fun to watch the anointed ones flailing and somersaulting their way down the slippery slope which I effortlessly swooped down with the skill of an Olympic skier and with the greatest of ease…

  10. “However, a single incident of sexual indiscretion gives that person’s enemies carte blanche to investigate the crap out of other possible malfeasances, such as abuse of state funds”

    Though oddly in Clinton’s case it went in the precise opposite direction.

  11. In response to shouted questions from reporters, Senator Thomas was quoted as saying “Caveat emptor
    semper fidelis aurora borealis persona non grata. Cogito ergo sum sui generis, in loco parentis corpus delecti, vas deferens carpe diem. And did I say semper fidelis? Oh, I did already?”

  12. Did Ed Rendell get his stomach stapled so he could fit into coach seats and avoid incurring the wrath of Pennsylvanians? (Either that, or he’s got an obnoxious Nutrisystem commercial lined up as soon as he leaves office. If I have to hear that Mann Coulter-look-alike shriek, “Look alive, Rendell,” twenty times a night, please warn me so I can kill my TV in advance.)

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