Sanford's trip meant to rekindle romance

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COLUMBIA --- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday he spent last weekend in Florida with his Argentine lover, hoping to rekindle the affair that wrecked his marriage and his political future and brought a formal rebuke from legislators for embarrassing the state.

FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 13, 2009, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford listens to remarks during the Budget and Control Board meeting in Columbia,S.C. South Carolina's Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will ask embattled Gov. Mark Sanford to resign at a Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009  news conference, his spokesman said. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain/FILE)
FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 13, 2009, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford listens to remarks during the Budget and Control Board meeting in Columbia,S.C. South Carolina's Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will ask embattled Gov. Mark Sanford to resign at a Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 news conference, his spokesman said. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain/FILE)

At a news conference on an unrelated issue, Sanford did not mention Maria Belen Chapur by name when asked about a weekend trip out of state about which his staff has refused to provide details. But the governor, now divorced, left no room for doubt.

"As a matter of record, everybody in this room knows exactly who I was with over the weekend," Sanford said. "That is no mystery to anybody given what I said last summer. And, you know, the purpose was obviously to see if something could be restarted on that front given the rather enormous geographic gulf between us. And time will tell. I don't know if it will or won't."

Questions arose after the Web site Gawker posted comments from tipsters who reported seeing Sanford in the Florida Keys this past weekend with a tall, attractive brunette they assumed was Chapur. Sanford said he didn't stay at the hotel mentioned in that posting or a subsequent published report.

He said Wednesday that he owed it to the public to say he was being protected by Florida law enforcement on the trip and that he was in touch with his office while away. Those became issues when he disappeared for five days last summer.

Beyond that, he said, the media should back off.

"But this obsession with one's personal life at some point has got to end," Sanford said.

He did not provide details about the trip or say whether it was the first time he had seen Chapur since he vanished from the state last June and returned to say he had been in Argentina visiting her. He told his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He appeared before cameras to tearfully admit the yearlong affair with the woman he described days later as his soul mate.

Ethics inquiry would be open

The South Carolina Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would open up ethics investigations to public scrutiny as soon as decisions to pursue charges are made.

The 38-0 Senate vote on Wednesday sends the bill back to the House.

It's one of several measures legislators have taken up this year in the wake of a scandal involving Gov. Mark Sanford that led to investigations of his travel practices.

Sanford agreed to pay a record $74,000 fine for 37 travel-related ethics charges in March. He'd fought plans to release the full investigation last fall but the state Supreme Court said he had months earlier waived confidentiality.

-- Associated Press

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teapot
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teapot 05/12/10 - 06:52 pm
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Mark Sanford, single man,

Mark Sanford, single man, visited with a lady in Florida over the weekend. WOW, THIS IS HOT, BREAKING NEWS!. Jenny Sanford, single woman, visited with her "new" interest last week. WAIT, this wasn't printed in the paper. Did anyone look at the time interval between the divorce and the "announcement" that Jenny got a fellow. Now, she hasn't thrown a saddle on him yet, but she had him cut from the herd really quickly. STILL, THIS ISN'T NEWS, OLD NEWS MAYBE, BUT NOT WORTH THE REHASH. Why not just leave them both along. Jenny has plenty of money to "get along" nicely. Mark isn't gonna starve either.

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Southern_Patriot 05/12/10 - 07:01 pm
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Embarassed the state of SC?

Embarassed the state of SC? What about the babbling idiot in the white house now that's an embarassement to America! The Governor made his bed and now he will have to sleep in it.

cleanup
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cleanup 05/12/10 - 07:16 pm
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SP, no, we sent that

SP, no, we sent that embarassing fake-Texan babbling idiot back to Crawford.

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legend 05/12/10 - 08:13 pm
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Sanford is da man hahaha stop

Sanford is da man hahaha stop hating on him because you can't get a hot argentine woman.

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 05/12/10 - 08:20 pm
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so what!!!!! it does not

so what!!!!! it does not matter if he met the woman at motel 6. hes a man with needs. give him a break....he aint the first man to do it and he want be the last man to do it

corgimom
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corgimom 05/12/10 - 08:27 pm
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How nice to know that Pastor

How nice to know that Pastor Dan White feels that Jesus didn't die for our sins, and that a sinner cannot ask God for forgiveness.

And how nice that he thinks that Mark Sanford sold his soul, but that his elderly friends are just fine.

Perhaps Pastor Dan White's Bible doesn't say that people can divorce due to adultery, like mine says.

There are two sides to every divorce, and Mark Sanford has had the decency not to say anything about his ex-wife- too bad she couldn't have followed his example.

Because there are children involved, and no matter what, her children will resent her saying anything against their father.

If Jenny Sanford was so perfect, why did he have an affair?

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brimisjoshan 05/12/10 - 08:45 pm
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Don't know really where to

Don't know really where to post this. So I will post this on a few places. My husband known to you as brimjoshan died 2 days ago and will not be making anymore posts. He used to laugh and go on about the people who posted on here. He always hoped he was able to make some stand for God on these forums and he enjoyed chatting with several of you and prayed for many of you by name for your salvation. He didn't know your real names but prayed for you just the same. He said that there was always some passionate discussions to be found and since he was homebound for the last 6 months it really kind of helped him feel in touch with people. Well, he is with the Lord now and I will sign out for him just like he used to sign his letters. Making Him Known, Brimishjoshan

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/12/10 - 09:11 pm
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Dissman, Abraham was pretty

Dissman, Abraham was pretty miserable with Hagar, his concubine, in the camp especially after she bore him Ishmael. Sarah, Abraham's wife became very jealous of Ishmael and Hagar since she had not born Abraham a son and demanded that she and her son be thrown out of the camp. Doesn't sound much like peace and harmony to me in Abraham's household. Lots of drama with another woman around.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/12/10 - 09:22 pm
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That's so typical, corgimom

That's so typical, corgimom to blame the innocent party for the adultery of the other partner. The victim becomes the villian in your eyes. Have you read Jenny Sanford's book? She never said anything derogartory about her husband. She just expressed her feelings of hurt, betrayal, and pain and in the last chapter vowed to begin a new life out of the ashes. Jesus did indeed die for our sins and can redeem the brokeness of both the Governor and his wife. That is the hope Mrs. Sanford set forth in the last chapter of her book - for both of them. Plus, Jenny did not want to divorce Mark and did everything in her power to keep the marriage together. And yes, adultery is grounds for divorce but sometimes, marriages can be healed when adultery is involved. I reference John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth - they are still married in spite of the Senators dalliance and Bill and Hillary Clinton are another high profile example of staying married in spite of unfaithfulness on his part. Unfortunately, the rift was too great for the Governor and Mrs. Sanford to overcome. Now, both can go on with their lives and pick up the pieces left in the wake. It's just unfortunate and often disastrous when a man finds love in the arms of a woman not his wife. We don't break the 10 Commandments. They break us.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/12/10 - 09:24 pm
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Teapot - Jenny Sanford's date

Teapot - Jenny Sanford's date with Clay Boardman was in the Chronicle and all over the national media.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/12/10 - 09:26 pm
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Sassygirl - if a man isn't

Sassygirl - if a man isn't ready to be a one woman man, he shouldn't get married.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/12/10 - 09:28 pm
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brimisjoshan - thanks for

brimisjoshan - thanks for sharing about your husband. I always enjoyed his posts. My sympathies to you. Even though he was homebound, he continued to share the Gospel. And now his reward is heaven. Blessings.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/12/10 - 09:32 pm
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Seenit - yes, the elderly

Seenit - yes, the elderly couple is very happy. They came over tonight for our Wednesday night fellowship dinner. He is from the low country in South Carolina and is going to a high school reunion this weekend. She really doesn't want to go. One of our friends tonight said, "Honey, you'd better go. He might meet one of his old high school flames." She replied, "I'm not worried, they are all dead!" Needless to say, we all laughed long and hearty at that one!

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corgimom 05/13/10 - 12:54 am
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"That's so typical, corgimom

"That's so typical, corgimom to blame the innocent party for the adultery of the other partner."

How do you know that she is so innocent? Were you there, for their marriage? Have you heard his side of the story?

" reference John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth - they are still married in spite of the Senators dalliance "

You call an affair and an out-of-wedlock child a dalliance? You call a legal separation and separate residences "they are still married", when North Carolina law requires a separation of one year as a prerequisite to divorce?

"Bill and Hillary Clinton are another high profile example of staying married in spite of unfaithfulness on his part"- and tell me, how do you know that she wasn't unfaithful to him, too? Because according to many sources, she has been.

Wow.

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HTN007 05/13/10 - 03:38 am
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So, maybe as a going away and

So, maybe as a going away and permantly out of office present, we could all chip in for a one way ticket for Sanford to go to Argentina to be with his sweetie and wish them both good luck(she will surely need it!)? Then no more tax dollars spent for finding votes necessary to override ridiculous vetoes on things like the cigarette tax, ect.. Is anybody with me on buying him this ticket("don't cry for us Argentina!".....)? [Also, I vote Republican].

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edwardc 05/13/10 - 05:13 am
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An infatuation burns itself

An infatuation burns itself out quickly and an effort would have to be made to rekindle it, but I never knew that the same applied to a "soul-mate" experience.

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brayton99 05/13/10 - 06:01 am
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the fact is, the man didn't

the fact is, the man didn't tell the lt gov. where he was going. he's an idiot and needs to be impeached.

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libertarianvoter 05/13/10 - 09:49 am
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His personal life has nothing

His personal life has nothing to do with his political career, but this can be news to some people. Some people enjoy tabloid news.

I would like to respond to corgimom's post b/c I've had 2 brothers that went through divorces over their spouse cheating on them, and they each had kids.

Corgimom wrote:
"There are two sides to every divorce, and Mark Sanford has had the decency not to say anything about his ex-wife- too bad she couldn't have followed his example."

She's not the one who left her kids on father's day to go be with someone not involved with their family at all. I think she kind of has the right to say what she wants, I know I would. If he chooses not to say anything against Jenny, then that's his choice, but don't condemn her for speaking her mind. Also, Mark did speak his mind about how he was in love with another woman right in front of her face. I don't know about you, but to me that's pretty hurtful right there.

Corgimom wrote: "Because there are children involved, and no matter what, her children will resent her saying anything against their father."

That's not always true. My brothers' kids resent their mother who left them to be with other men. Apparently actions hurt more than words. The kids still hold a grudge about the cheating to this day. They felt abandoned and unloved.

Corgimom wrote: "If Jenny Sanford was so perfect, why did he have an affair?"

That's very unfair. That's in a lesser way like saying "if Nicole Brown was so perfect, then why did O.J. kill her?" Honestly, Jenny probably wasn't perfect, but do the ends justify the means? Does the punishment fit the crime? No. If you do not want to be with your spouse, then by all means get a divorce; however, if you do not want to be with your spouse, that does not give you the go ahead to sneak around and cheat.

Final thoughts: I think Mark Sanford is a nut bag, and not just because of this instance. His face always looks blank like his mind is not set in reality.

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Pastor Dan White 05/13/10 - 09:58 am
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corgimom - look it up.

corgimom - look it up. Dalliance means affair. All I can reference is Jenny Sanford's side of the story in her book that she had been faithful to the Governor and the Governor's confession that he left his wife while married to her to meet in an adulterous relationship with Maria Belen Chapur. The Governor has never disputed the facts in Jenny's book. So therefore, I didn't have to be there for their marriage to make these conclusions unlike the accusations you make in that Mrs. Sanford is as guilty as her philandering husband. Philander: "to have sexual affairs with another woman while married." There is no record of Hillary ever being unfaithful to her husband. With the spotlight of the media upon a high profile person like her, some journalist some where would have uncovered a dalliance (Dalliance: an affair) if Hillary had had one. The National Enquirer would have done so for sure. So based on that, I can conclude that she has been and is a faithful wife. The press is always present to catch high profile politicians and preachers in affairs. Remember Senator Gary Hart in 1988 whose presidential campaign was wrecked when the press caught him in an affair with Donna Rice. And how about Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich when the press caught him having an affair while his wife was in the hospital. I don't think the press misses much on these things.

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Chillen 05/13/10 - 10:06 am
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Breaking news. My family

Breaking news.

My family had chicken & rice for dinner last night. That's about as interesting as this story.

I can't believe this made national news. Who cares what this guy is doing in his pathetic personal life? I didn't even both to read the article, just the headline was nauseating enough.

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 05/13/10 - 10:09 am
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corgimom - Have you heard or

corgimom - Have you heard or read Sanford's confesson that he made about his affair on June 24, 2009? He confessed, "In so doing, let me first of all apologize to my wife Jenny and our four great boys, Marshall, Landon, Bolton and Blake, for letting them down. One of the primary roles, well before being a governor, is being a father to those four boys, who are absolute jewels and blessings, that I've let down in a profound way. And I apologize to them. So one more apology in there. But I guess where I'm trying to go with this is that there are moral absolutes and that God's law indeed is there to protect you from yourself, and there are consequences if you breach that. This press conference is a consequence. I hurt my wife. I hurt my boys. I suspect if I'd really put this other person first, I wouldn't have jeopardized her life, as I have. I certainly wouldn't have done it to my wife. This was selfishness on my part."

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Pastor Dan White 05/13/10 - 10:12 am
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Libetarian - well said.

Libetarian - well said. Great rebuttal from personal tragedy in your family.

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disssman 05/13/10 - 11:16 am
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Pastor are you saying Abraham

Pastor are you saying Abraham wasn't one of Gods chosen?

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baronvonreich 05/13/10 - 01:40 pm
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"I have two elderly friends

"I have two elderly friends living together in a committed relationship without marriage vows that are faithful and true to each other. They have been together for 8 years. They both told me that they are married "in the eyes of God." And why not marry, you ask? She would lose her late husband's military pension and other benefits if she married again! And no, Brad, I don't condemn them but support them fully. They are two of the happiest people I know. Both said, "We don't believe God wanted us to live alone in our later years." And you know something? I agree!"
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And the hypocrisy lives!!!!

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Pastor Dan White 05/13/10 - 01:48 pm
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LOL Dissman, Abraham was

LOL Dissman, Abraham was indeed one of God's chosen and had problems and made bad decisions like the rest of us. The neat thing is that God can and will redeem our goofs and can form the image of Christ in us - the image of patience, love, and kindness, if we trust Him. The Lord provided for Hagar and Ishmael even though they were kicked out of the camp, and He continued on with His plan to make Abraham the father of faith. "Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness."

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Pastor Dan White 05/13/10 - 02:07 pm
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Wheww baronvonreich, that's

Wheww baronvonreich, that's harsh. You wouldn't feel comfortable in my church. It's full of misfit sinners who love and accept one another with all of our scratches, dents, and faults and who love the Lord who we believe loves and accepts us with all of our scratches, dents, and faults. We can never measure up to deserve His great love and freely accept the love poured out by our Savior on the cross who gives our congregation multiplied grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

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baronvonreich 05/13/10 - 02:08 pm
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It isn't harsh. It is the

It isn't harsh. It is the truth. You advocate some sins and abhor others. Some of us understand the hypocrisy and continue to chuckle at organized religion and its promoters.

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Pastor Dan White 05/13/10 - 02:29 pm
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I abhor what Gov. Sanford did

I abhor what Gov. Sanford did to his wife and children. If you read his confession, you will find that he abhorred his action as well. His adultery caused his innocent wife and children great pain and suffering which the Governor freely admits that his action caused them great pain. There is a big difference, in my opinon, of accepting people like the dear elderly couple who are living together in a committed relationship due to financial considerations and advocating for living together without marriage as two different issues. I see no conflict with abhoring actions that cause innocent people pain as in the case of adultery opposed to accepting the actions of my elderly friends who live in a commited relationship out of financial necessity. If accepting this dear couple is advocating for them, then I plead guilty. If you see that as hypocrisy in that I abhor what the Governor did even as he abhorred his own transgression and sit in judgment of my views, then so be it. One thing I do request, please do not lump my views in with organized religion. I speak for me and not for organized religion. You can take up your issues with organized religion which religion I do not represent. Most of the people in my church would not be welcome in organized relgion including me for I have been divorced and am remarried. My first wife left me for my chairman of deacons. I guess that's why I come down so hard on the Governor because I have experienced first hand the pain of an unfaithful spouse. As a result of my divorce and remarriage, I was rejected for full time ministry in the Baptist Church and left organized religion and started my own church for misfits like me.

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faithson 05/13/10 - 02:37 pm
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Marriage between two people

Marriage between two people is the highest accomplishment of the social human being. This institution has within its confines all that is great in the human spirit, loyalty being amoungst the highest attribute. Much character building has been accomplished by the individual who puts the 'other' in greater focus than the 'self'. Mr. Sanford made his choices and must live with the consequences thereof. The greatest consequence being the estrangment of his 4 sons, who will now grow up without the presents and relationship of their Father, a plight that has effected so many young men and women in demonstratively negative ways. Mr. Sanford has made his bed, now he reaps the chaff he so selfishly sowed.

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Kapa18 05/13/10 - 07:49 pm
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seenitB4, you should study

seenitB4, you should study your Old Testament history more. If you did you would know your comment has no merit.

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