Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina went to Florida last weekend to rekindle things with his Argentine lover. It worked! He's hiking the Appalachian trail once more, we presume. But it cost $1,200 in security for his romantic trip.

The Associated Press, those scamps, filed a public records request and found out that Sanford's attempt to slip back into his hiking boots with Maria Belen Chapur cost the state $1,200 for 34 hours of protection. Florida won't be reimbursed since the two states have a "reciprocal agreement." Presumably that means when a Florida politician runs off to South Carolina with his mistress for the weekend and receives police protection, the score will eventually be evened.