Gov. Mark Sanford’s communications director, Joel Sawyer, said today he is leaving for an unspecified private-sector job, effective Aug. 5.
Sawyer said his decision to leave his $65,000-a-year job had nothing to do with Sanford’s recent six-day disappearance and the Republican governor’s subsequent disclosure of an affair with an Argentine woman.
“I want to be crystal clear that my departure is purely about what's best for me and my family on a personal and financial level,” Sawyer said in a statement. “I wish Mark and the rest of my talented and dedicated colleagues the best."
Sawyer has worked for Sanford for 6½ years. However, when the governor disappeared, Sawyer and other staffers were left saying they didn’t know where the governor was and, later, that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. That proved untrue, and Sanford apologized for misleading his staff.
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