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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 06:35 AM
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Sanford, a "fiscal conservative", used taxpayer dollars to fly in style
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shed his fiscal conservatism on several taxpayer-funded international trips, including a South American jaunt that included time with his mistress, choosing expensive first-class or business-class seats while his aides sat in coach.

Sanford, who once criticized other state officials for costly travel, charged the state more than $37,600 for one first-class and four business-class flights overseas since November 2005, expense records show. Other state employees flew in the back of the plane at a fraction of the price, according to the documents.

The Republican governor, who balked at taking federal stimulus money after arguing it was an unwise use of taxpayer funds, charged the state $8,687 for a Delta Airlines trip to Brazil last year that included a leg in business class, state expense records show.

That trip ended with the governor's now well-publicized visit to his Argentine mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, and marked what he says was the start of a nearly year-long sexual affair with the woman he's called his "soul mate."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090717/ap_on_re_us/us_sc_g...

This guy is the gift that keeps on giving.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 06:36 AM
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1. One can hardly be shocked at Republicon hypocrisy
Since it is near universal.

Republicons ARE the Latter Day Pharisees.

Fer sure.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 06:40 AM
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2. I Refuse To Fly First Class...
I'm not surprised...Sanford isn't the only big wig who does that. I've had plenty of meetings where one of the parties all but demands a first class ticket to show...as long as the trip is on someone else' dime. Personally, I have never flown First Class (and I've done a lot of traveling) and have no desire to do so. It's not that I can't afford it, but that the back end of the plane gets to the same runway and gate as the first class section does.

Seems like none of this phases the folks in South Carolina...nary much being said thanks to all the other GOOP scandals and a flighty corporate media that has the attention span of a fruit fly.
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Sukie Donating Member (563 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 06:43 AM
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3. So all he has to do is pay back the money and he gets off
scott free?? How much you want to bet that Sanford was also one of the repubs who was criticizing Obama for his trip to NY with his WIFE?
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