Sanford pleads no contest to ethics charges, yet claims innoncence

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Is anyone really surprised that Gov. Mark Sanford would settle this case while also claiming his innocence.

From CNN:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose political career flamed out after he admitted a year-long affair last year with an Argentine woman he called his "soulmate," acknowledged Thursday that he violated state ethics rules on campaign spending and government travel.

Sanford did not go quietly. He said in a statement that he still believed "in the innocence of my actions" and boasted of his record for fiscal responsibility while in office. Sanford said his administration has spent 63 percent less on travel than his predecessor did.

Those "innocent" actions include using the state's airplane for personal use and taking luxury flights on overseas trips.

"[I]t's time to move on," Sanford said. "While I believe I would be vindicated on all these matters if there were ever a full airing, the people of South Carolina have moved on from all that unfolded last summer and this administration has moved on as well."

And by "move on" he means that he delayed this confession just long enough to avoid impeachment. According to The State, Sanford will pay $74,000 to settle the case and "$66,223 to reimburse the cost of the investigation and his use of aircraft, travel, and campaign funds."

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