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Sanford apologized at a press conference to his family, and his staff at a press conference for "the way that I let them down." He said he had a conversation with his father-in-law a few weeks ago about where "my heart was ... laying my cards on the table."

"There are moral absolutes, God's law is indeed there to protect you from yourself. There are consequences if you breach that. This press conference is a consequence."

At first it was not clear what Sanford was referencing.

"I've been unfaithful to my wife and I've developed a relationship with what stared as a dear, dear friend from Argentina," he finally said. The affair has been going on for a year, he later explained

Several months back, Sanford was one of the loudest republican voices on rejecting stimulus money. After discovering he could not stop it from arriving in his state, he decided, for purely political reason, that the money was not going to go to the programs and people it was intended for. He would shift it into paying off the state debt. Good representative of the people, isn't he?

Well, he was apparently screwing more than just the people of his state - and doing so with complete disregard for proper protocol.

Now, I'm not going to sit here and judge this man's affair. Life is complicated. Relationships are complicated. He must have reached some crossroad. That's not what is at issue here. It is the way he did it. What I expect to hear from the republican side is the following excuse:

"Well, Sanford may have lied to the state and his family, but at least he didn't do it under oath."

Yeah, well, the republicans have destroyed our economy, destroyed their moral authority, lied us into a war and bullied their way to bills that ONLY benefit the top 1% and the corporations. And now they have two of their own - two people who flew under the "I'm a moral Christian and you're not because you're a democrat" flag - within the last month that showed themselves for the hypocrites they really were.

Sorry for his family. Sorry for his state. Not sorry for those who voted for him. They should have known better.

Originally posted to VerbalPaintball on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 12:19 PM PDT.

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