It’s governor-elect Nikki Haley’s big day, as she is sworn in as the first female governor of South Carolina. Meanwhile, outgoing governor, Mark Sanford, is busy saying good-bye and getting ready for the “next chapter.”
There’s no perfect way of saying good-bye, and I guess in South Carolina it’s never good-bye, it’s always ‘I’ll see you in the next chapter’ because the dots always re-connect. But, it’s certainly good-bye in this chapter of life. I’ve been moving around the state some so I can look them in the eye and simply tell them thank you for the honor to serve as governor.
And, as many may be wondering, what is next for Mr. Sanford–another office?
I don’t think that’s what I’m going to do. But, I’m going to figure that out on Thursday, and we’ll see I guess is the answer. I think that doors open and doors close in life. We’re going to dig in, jump in with both feet, and dig in to a different number of things and see which doors open and which doors close.
Sanford says although there are no offers on the table, if he were to ever write a book it wouldn’t be about his personal life.
If I write any book it would be about those common sense ideas: not spending money you don’t have and the importance of fiscal restraints and perpetuating liberty and freedom, which is really the hallmark of the American experiment.
In his eight years in office, Sanford was well-known across the nation for his strong opposition to President Obama’s stimulus package, and for Sanford’s extra-marital affair with a woman from Argentina.