Tuesday, June 30, 2009

From The State:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford declared his Argentine mistress his soul mate Tuesday but said he is committed to reconciling with his wife in hopes of saving his family and what is left of his political career.

Sanford, who also admitted meeting his lover more times than he had previously claimed, told The Associated Press in emotional interviews that he "crossed lines" with a handful of other women during 20 years of marriage.

But he said he never went as far as he did with Maria Belen Chapur, the woman at the center of the scandal that has derailed his once-promising political future.

Even with the latest revelations, Sanford maintains he is fit to govern and has no plans to resign. And he insisted his relationship with Chapur, whom he met at an open air dance spot in Uruguay eight years ago, was more than just sex.

"This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story," Sanford said. "A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day."

During more than three hours of interviews over two days at his Statehouse office, Sanford said he is trying to fall back in love with his wife even as he grapples with his deep feelings for Chapur.

I determined that I would not write more about Sanford, but he won't stop talking.

He acknowledged that he had casual encounters with other women while he was married but before he met Chapur, on trips outside the country to "blow off steam" with male friends.

"What I would say is that I've never had sex with another woman. Have I done stupid? I have. You know you meet someone. You dance with them. You go to a place where you probably shouldn't have gone," Sanford said, declining to discuss details. But he said those encounters were nothing like his relationship with Chapur.

Sanford needs a therapist, not a press conference, and he needs to STFU for the sake of his wife and family.


  1. Sounds like a new bumper sticker is in order.

    'Duh! The only real threat to heterosexual marraiges is certain renegade straight male libidos- it always was.'

    just a thought



  2. Even bearing in mind all the sharks in the SC political waters right now, no question but that Sanford is his own worst enemy.

    Query - which of the following is the most emetic:

    Sanford's statement to AP that "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day"?

    His quoting 1 Corinthians 13 at length in an email to his Lady Friend?

    Or, his comparing this love affair to "The Thornbirds" in an email to that Lady?

  3. sorry for Jenny. If he found his soul mate why did he not dissolve his marriage with her before he started a relationship with his "soulmate" -- and WTF was he doing hanging out with guy friends and doing whatever it was he did when, apparently, it was an OK-guy-thing. This poor soul is a case of arrested development.

  4. This guy is taking PR advice from our former governor here in Illinois!


  5. David, don't you understand? It's still the fault of teh gays - somehow, some way. I don't know the logic, but it is so.

    Which is most emetic? Now that's a deep question to ponder.

    Lapin, sorry. I can't do it. I'm tired. I'll try again in the morning.

    SusanKay, an excellent question. If he had to "blow off steam" with male friends, chances are pretty high that he was not happy in his marriage. Why didn't he go his way before dragging his family into this kind of mess?

  6. "blow off steam" with male friends

  7. I keep imagining Sanford's press secretary saying, "If you really want to help Mommy, why don't you go to your room and play quietly."

  8. Mark, he's obviously not in control of himself and out of the control of anyone else. I pity his wife and boys.

  9. I've really become afraid of these "conservatives" - I mean really! They seem insane to a deep degree - not just this, but the just-beneath-the-boil violence in their attitude since the Democrats took the White House and all their little hopes and dark dreams didn't materialize.

    I really think they are crazy!


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