Sanford: 'I'm Dead Politically'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2009 6:50 PM CDT
Mark Sanford in June.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, file)
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(Newser) – His wife and kids have moved out, and now his career path looks a little shaky, too. "I'm dead politically," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford told a radio station today. "I am not running for another office." Sanford made the rounds of local stations today, defending his travels on the state dime and talking about adjusting to living solo in the governor's mansion, reports CNN. "That part's hard," he said.

"There are consequences for any mess-up that we have in life, and that's one of them. That's probably the most bitter part of it." Sanford said he and wife Jenny decided she would take their four boys out of the "fishbowl" to Charleston for the school year. As for the controversy over using state planes for personal use, the governor said that his predecessors had abused the privilege even more and that he's being held to a different standard because of his scandal.