Governor Mark Sanford has admitted his wrongdoing: “I messed up. I tried to say sorry to as many different folks as I’ve could and I’ve been in the process of trying to move on, but I guess this world has its share of critics and I’ve certainly accumulated mine over the years and they smell blood in the water and they’ve been charging ahead with a lot of interesting things since then,” says Sanford.
In a statement released by the governor, he wrote 800 words of apology and defense. The letter, that consisted of points that were taken out of context, spoke of reporters and the tactics they have used to give the information they want, not the whole truth. For example, Sanford said: “When reporters, who are supposedly there to simply report the news, do these sorts of thing in telling the story they favor, it isn’t right- and it seems to me this past weekend’s story on airplane travel falls along these lines.”
The story released about Sanford’s travels said the governor used state aircraft for hair and dental appointments. One example used was when the article said Sanford flew from Myrtle Beach to Columbia for a hair appointment.
“Why in the world would you get on a plane to fly from Myrtle Beach back to Columbia to go to Great Clips-is the name of the place-you can get a haircut there for $11. It is not a hair salon, in which is was described in the paper, and they don’t take appointments. Now, why would you schedule a flight to get to a place that doesn’t take appointments so you could sit in the little cube with everybody?,” says Sanford.
In the letter, Sanford also went through the full article pointing out the specifics of where he was actually going in the flights that were called “personal” in the investigation.
Sanford also said: “I have used state plane less than my predecessors. When measuring four year terms, Governor Campbell flew 451.6 hours, Governor Beasley flew 303.17 hours and Governor Hodges flew 310.06 hours, while I flew 228.95 hours.