Mark Sanford Used State Employees To Set Up Trips To His Mistress

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Until recently a top presidential prospect for the Republican party.

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford used a team of state employees and U.S. Embassy officials to set up trade-related meetings for him in Buenos Aires in June 2008, but he repeatedly emphasized his desire to keep a 'low-key' and light schedule during his three days there.

Sanford (R), who recently acknowledged seeing his Argentine mistress during the trip, accompanied his state's Brazil trade delegation for some dove hunting in Argentina's countryside but asked his staff to arrange for him to visit Buenos Aires, according to internal staff e-mails and memos obtained by The Washington Post under the public records law.