Gov. Mark Sanford cleared of criminal charges

Just in time for the 2012 presidential contest, The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., has this:

S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster has cleared Gov. Mark Sanford of any criminal conduct for two trips to South America to meet his Argentine lover and, also, his use of state aircraft, upgraded airfare and campaign money.

The Attorney General’s office conducted a five-month investigation of Sanford, which included new interviews Sanford’s staff, Commerce Department officials, a Department of Natural Resources pilot and an attorney with the Republican Governors Association. The investigation followed a S.C. State Ethics Commission probe that resulted in 37 civil charges against the govenor.

Here’s the eyebrow-raiser:

McMaster’s decision to conduct the investigation has been questioned by legal scholars and others who believed his own canidadacy for governor represented a conflict of interest. At the time Sanford’s affair first broke, McMaster staffers made public comments urging Republicans not to oust the governor and allow Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to assume the governorship.

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7 comments Add your comment

Lucy

May 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

He’s still a scum sucking, no good, floor flushing liar.

GA. Capitol

May 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

No he is not. The Republicans would never elect anybody as you just described.

37 Counts

May 3rd, 2010
11:02 pm

Charged with 37 violations of state law and now the DA decides to drop all charges!!! Power and money change a lot of minds in SC government! The crooks win again!!!!!

Alabama Communist

May 3rd, 2010
11:40 pm

More Breaking News! After giving the Governor a walk on the criminal charges, The State DA change his mind and found a 1796 Statute that if a Governor committed Adultery with a person of Spanish Descent while smuggling Rum to Florida on a State Rowboat, He could be charge!

Buz Thompson

May 6th, 2010
9:49 pm

It WAS ONCE SAID SC WAS NOT BIG ENOUGH TO BE A REAL STATE BUT TO BIG TO BE AN INSANE ASSUYLUM… TRUTH BE TOLD!!!1

prayerful

May 10th, 2010
12:55 pm

Sad to say it but ANY THING GOES in this world today!

Iknowanidiot

May 11th, 2010
5:59 am

It is a MAN’S WORLD, (see this IDIOT, Tiger, Jesse< etc etc, ) were they WOMEN, thier careers would be OVER !!!