Sanford Will Reimburse State for Trip Last Year
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2009 5:59 PM CDT
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks to reporters Thursday.   (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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(Newser) – Mark Sanford acknowledged today that he met with his Argentine mistress while on a state-funded trip last year and promised to reimburse South Carolina's coffers, the State reports. The state paid $8,000 for the governor to travel on business to Brazil and Argentina last June, and he met with the woman during the trip.

"While the purpose of this trip was an entirely professional and appropriate business development trip, I made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with,” said Sanford. “I am going to reimburse the state for the full cost of the Argentina leg of this trip." His political foes say they will press for a full investigation into his activities.