Governor Mark Sanford’s final State of the State address Wednesday was marked by a few more apologies, but he was well composed.
Gov. Sanford opened his speech with a thanks to those in the armed services, including those South Carolina soldiers who lost their lives.
Sanford paid tribute to First Lady Jenny Sanford, for her grace in dealing with what he called the storm that he brought to the state.Sanford said he must apologize one last time for what he did, referring to an affair he had with a woman from Argentina that put South Carolina in the national spotlight.
Sanford thanked individual lawmakers for their work in passing items from his agenda over the last seven years. Sanford says bills from his administration have been part of the reason for $19 billion in capital investment in the Palmetto State since 2003, $4 billion last year alone.
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Sanford mentioned his streamlined agenda for his last 11 months in office, including spending limits, reforming the Employment Security Commission, and restructuring government, including putting the Governor and Lt. Governor on the same ballot.
Sanford said he prays that he and lawmakers can work together in his remaining time in office to make a positive difference in people’s lives. “The opportunity in all of this is that I get it in ways that I never have,” he said, “this larger notion that I’m not in charge. And these thoughts go to articles of faith which at some point are worth a personal conversation. I was raised to strive and push, and in the world of politics, I thought that was, to a great degree, what determined success–how hard I pushed. I don’t think that anymore.”
Now Sanford says he believes that what happens in the end in politics is determined by the voice of the people.
The Gov. wrapped up with a story from a survivor of the plane that crash landed in the Hudson River, who Sanford met. Sanford’s final message was a wish that he and all the lawmakers could live their lives like it’s all bonus time, to make a difference in the lives of those around them and the world at large, and invest in the things of lasting value that can’t be seen or touched.