Years ago, Culbertson warned his friend about the demands and corrupting influences of public office.

When Sanford asked Culbertson to contribute to his 1994 congressional campaign, Culbertson refused. Sanford was “very offended,” but Culbertson told his friend it’s the rare man who can be an effective congressman and fulfill his biblical responsibilities as a husband and father.

Culbertson admits he was “crushed” to learn of his friend’s betrayal.

“I hate to see anybody I love fall,” he said. But he still loves Sanford, and he disagrees with those who would say the governor is unfit to lead the state.