South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford remains popular among the tea party supporters he let down last year when he went from a rising star advocating their aims to a confessed adulterer.
The Republican governor won applause Thursday at a tax day tea party rally at the Statehouse where more than 1,000 people gathered.
But there were also a few hecklers. Edward Quick of Sumter shouted "traitor" as Sanford spoke.
Sanford later said he doesn't stand as tall as he once did, but that God can use imperfect people. He said while there may be imperfect messengers, the day's message of the need for small government is perfect.
Sanford has long advocated limited government and, before his confession last year, was considered a potential 2012 presidential candidate.