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Scandal persists for SC Governor Sanford

Governor Mark Sanford was in the town of Hampton, South Carolina Monday afternoon for another Rotary Club meeting as part of a state tour to bolster his reputation. He vows to continue serving as governor until his term ends in 16 months. But Sanford can't seem to shake ongoing controversy. WFAE's Julie Rose reports: Since admitting to his affair two months ago, Governor Sanford's every move has been under a spotlight from political opponents and the media. The latest revelation is an Associate Press investigation showing Sanford took 35 flights on private planes he did not disclose on state ethics reforms. The Governor's office says the flights didn't have to be disclosed because the planes belonged to close friends. But State Ethics Commission Executive Director Herbert Hayden says his office needs to know more about the flights. "I don't think you can simply look at friendship and say 'I've known this person 20 years, therefore it's not reportable,'" says Hayden. "The question is, 'Would that person have given that gift or provided in this case this particular flight if the person was not in his current position?'" If the ethics commission finds Sanford should have disclosed the flights, Hayden says he'll be given the chance to add them to his official record. Sanford's office said the Governor sometimes used private planes to save the state money. Aside from asking forgiveness, Governor Sanford has stopped talking about his affair or the state of his marriage. But his wife has not. First Lady Jenny Sanford is featured in the current issue of Vogue magazine describing her husband's affair as an addiction. And this morning, two of Mrs. Sanford's friends appeared on The CBS Early Show. They say the first lady still hopes to save her marriage. She recently moved out of the Governor's Mansion and took her sons to the family's home near Charleston for the school year.