With South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's latest admissions today that he saw his Argentine mistress several more times than previously disclosed, the state's attorney general said he has asked the State Law Enforcement Division to review all of Sanford's travel records to see if any laws have been broken.
And the S.C. Democratic Party released a web video interspersing TV talk show hosts and comics making fun of Sanford -- and fellow Republicans, including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, refusing to come to his defense.
"Governor Sanford's irresponsible conduct has made South Carolina into a national laughing stock, but his abuse of power is no laughing matter. When Americans think of South Carolina, we want them to think of our beautiful beaches and Southern hospitality, not lies and scandal," S.C. Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler said in a statement. "After embarrassing South Carolinians for two weeks, Governor Sanford expected to be able to return to work with no questions asked. This latest admission from Mark Sanford is precisely the reason why we've pushed the Attorney General and Republican legislative leaders to investigate all of the Governor's activities related to his extramarital affair. South Carolinians need to know if Governor Sanford's reckless, irresponsible behavior constituted illegal behavior."
In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanford said he met Maria Belen Chapur at what was to be a farewell meeting in New York chaperoned by a spiritual adviser soon after his wife found out about the affair in January.
He also said he "crossed lines" with a handful of other women, though he never had sex with them.
During what the AP called an emotional interview, Sanford said Chapur is his soul mate but he's trying to fall back in love with his wife. "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story," Sanford said. "A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day."
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