by William Moultrie
Columbia – Responding to the release of the 37 ethics charges released by the South Carolina Ethics Commission on Monday, Governor Mark Sanford wasted no time in answering the charges.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to individually address the charges that have been leveled against me, so without further ado… no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, maybe but I don’t think so, no, no, no, no, and no,” said Sanford in a prepared statement late on Monday. He concluded the statement saying “and as for the other charges… no, no, no, hell no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no.”
After reading the statement to the gathered press, Sanford then said that he had “no intention of rambling on like an idiot for the next hour explaining myself,” and walked away from the podium and left the room.
Following the Sanford’s departure, theDiscust spoke with a spokesperson for the governor’s office who preferred not to reveal her name:
theDiscust: Is the governor denying that he used his office for personal financial gain as all 37 of the statements state?
Answer: Have you seen the governor’s finances? He’s broke. If he’d been trying to gain financially, he’s smart enough to have done it successfully.
tD: When he says “no,” is he denying the charge or is he refusing to discuss it?
A: You’d have to ask the governor that question, and good luck with that.
tD: I counted 36 “No’s” and there are 37 charges, is that correct?
A: The governor’s statement was accurate and speaks for itself.
tD: Does Sanford realized that “no” is the same word in Spanish?
A: I’m told that the governor has heard the word in both languages on many occasions.
Sanford’s attorney was expected to make a statement later in the week clarifying the governor’s statement.