Mar 09, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
I guess he considers spending campaign cash on iPads for his kids "family values". If we're lucky, he'll endorse Romney as they lead him away in cuffs.
HuffPostouth Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned Friday amid a criminal investigation into his use of campaign funds.
Ard, who was elected in 2010 alongside Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, was accused of spending campaign funds on personal items and charged last year with 107 ethics violations by the State Ethics Commission. After winning election, Ard used leftover money from his campaign to pay for iPads, clothing, food and a family vacation, among other items.
The ethics commission forced Ard to pay about $70,000 in fines and reimbursements, the second largest ethics fine in state history. Last July, the ethics case became a criminal one after South Carolina's attorney general, Alan Wilson, referred Ard's case to a grand jury.
Wilson is scheduled to give a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the grand jury investigation into Ard's improper expenditures.
In a letter sent to Haley and state senators on Friday, Ard apologized for his actions and took responsibility for failing to make sure the money was properly spent.
"During my campaign, it was my responsibility to make sure things were done correctly," he wrote. "I did not do that. There are no excuses nor is there need to share blame. It is my fault that the events of the past year have taken place."
He concluded, "Once again, I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility for the entire situation."