Sanford pledges to make ethics probe public
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has agreed to waive confidentiality and make public an ethics probe into his travels. The Attorney General of South Carolina and Republican leaders of the General Assembly have asked the state's Ethics Commission to investigate allegations regarding Governor Sanford's travel. But only the Governor can give permission for that probe to be made public. At a press conference today in Conway, Sanford said he will do so. "I'm gonna waive confidentiality on the ethics probe against me, because my belief is we have an outstanding record with regard to standing up to the taxpayer and trying to do the right thing consistently," said Sanford. Recent media reports suggest Sanford broke the law by taking pricey flights on the taxpayer's dime and violated ethics rules by not disclosing flights on private planes. Sanford calls the allegations "pure politics." He's provided evidence that, according to Sanford, shows his travel expenses compare favorably with past governors. The executive director of the State Ethics Commission will not yet confirm if an investigation of Sanford is underway, because he says the Governor has not submitted a written waiver of confidentiality. At the press conference, Sanford was asked if an investigation had begun. "No, I mean, not to my knowledge anyway," said Sanford. "I don't know what they have or haven't done." That was the only question he answered at the press conference. When reporters press him to take more, he said, "We're not going to play your game. I don't work for you." It was the third press conference Governor Sanford has held in three days and he refused to take questions at all three.