While lawmakers in Columbia debated his future, Gov. Mark Sanford traveled to a suburban office park near the state line to celebrate the arrival of a new company.
Red Ventures left Charlotte this fall for a new headquarters off U.S. 521 in the Indian Land community. The Web marketing business negotiated for tax incentives with Lancaster County and state economic development officials.
After a tour with CEO Ric Elias, Sanford fielded questions from reporters about an impeachment effort that could oust him from office.
"I've apologized; I don't know how many more times I can do this," Sanford said. "I failed morally. There are consequences to moral failure, and I get that. One of which has been the last five months we've all been through in Columbia."
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Sanford also weighed in on the appearance of his wife, first lady Jenny Sanford, on a prime-time Barbara Walters' special Wednesday night on ABC.
"Jenny has been incredibly strong throughout this whole travail," Sanford said. "She's obviously being recognized on this show for her strength and grace.
"Despite my failings, she has proved to be an inspiration to a lot of people throughout this state."
When a reporter asked a question about the arrival of Red Ventures, Sanford grinned and said, "That took you a long time to get to, guys."