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Sanford, others pursue development prospect

Gov. Mark Sanford was back in the national headlines Thursday after CNN spotted him on Capitol Hill.

The former congressman told CNN he was going to catch up with some friends on the U.S. House floor, but that wasn't the only reason for his trip.

Ben Fox, Sanford's communications director, said the governor and officials from the state Department of Commerce took the state plane up North to meet with an economic development prospect.

They also briefed the state's congressional delegation on South Carolina's economic development activity, Fox said. He declined to say more about the prospect the state is courting.

The governor's trip comes a day after he delivered his final State of the State address to the Legislature.

Sanford stuck mostly to policy goals that can be accomplished in the next six months, but he also offered an unscripted apology for his extramarital affair and the disgrace it brought to the state.

Legislators said they respected Sanford's tone and demeanor during the speech.