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December 14th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

The Top 10 Everything of 2009

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford

Belinda Luscombe
Time

1. The Love Guv

After telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail for four days in June, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford turned up instead at the international airport terminal in Atlanta. Thus sprung, he held a very raw and rambling press conference, admitting he'd actually been in Argentina with his mistress and "soul mate." Seven weeks and several more excruciating media appearances later ("I'm trying to fall back in love with my wife"), his wife and four sons moved out of the Governor's mansion and back to their hometown of Charleston. In early December a House impeachment panel was convened to weigh recommending removing him from office.

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