06/25/2009 02:23 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sanford Transfers Extramarital Affair to Lieutenant Governor

In the interest of creating what he called "an orderly transition," South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford today transferred his extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina to South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor, André Bauer.

Acknowledging "this isn't what I signed up for," Mr. Bauer said he would accept his expanded responsibilities over all aspects of the Governor's out-of-wedlock romance to free up Mr. Sanford for state duties.

Included in the Lieutenant Governor's new portfolio, he said, is the "writing of all sexed-up, misspelled emails" and "complimenting the lady's tan-lines."

In a press conference this morning, Mr. Bauer was philosophical about his new duties, telling reporters, "Well, boys, I guess I'll be hitting the Appalachian Trail."

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