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Governor Admits Argentine Tryst

Posted on Jun 24, 2009
AP photo / Mary Ann Chastain

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford pauses to look at his notes as he admits to having an affair in Argentina.

Turns out Mark Sanford was not hiking in Appalachia, naked or otherwise, during his mysterious seven-day vanishing act. As the governor admitted during the obligatory tearful news conference Wednesday, he spent Father’s Day weekend having an affair with a “dear, dear friend” in Argentina. Family values strike again.

Sanford’s admission comes hot on the heels of fellow Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, who, after years of lecturing the country and Bill Clinton about the sanctity of marriage, copped to his own philandering.

Do these guys think they’re going to get away with it? Sanford isn’t some backwater governor nobody pays attention to. He was the head of the Republican Governors Association (he has resigned, naturally), was a contender for his party’s 2012 presidential nomination, and recently threw himself into the national spotlight by refusing federal stimulus money.

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After going AWOL for seven days, Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he’d secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he’d been having an affair. He apologized to his wife and four sons and said he will resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.

“I’ve let down a lot of people, that’s the bottom line,” the 49-year-old governor said at a news conference where he choked up as he ruminated with remarkable frankness on God’s law, moral absolutes and following one’s heart. His family did not attend.

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By Louise, June 26, 2009 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

onerepub, (Unregistered commenter)

“No, give the guy a break.  Somebody’s libido has nothing to do with their brain or how they run their country, company, etc.  So WHAT!!!!”


Oh contraire!

Proves that old theory that some men have to carry their brain in their penis because it’s so small if they keep it in their head it will roll out the ear and be lost forever. As for the email eloquence ... the man obviously missed his calling. He should be writting Harlequin novels. Or perhaps he can blame it all on Obama’s “stimulous package.” I mean how hard must it be to live in denial, aka the land of the conservative lollipops, when one hears the words, stimulous package, stimulous package, over and over again?

I for one would prefer to have a Governor who actually has a brain big enough to safely stay in the head. And I suspect a lot of folks in South Carolina feel the same way. wink

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By Inherit The Wind, June 26, 2009 at 5:16 am Link to this comment

Folks here are getting it right.

1) Sanford has an affair—Republican hypocrisy since he’s yet another “Family Values” guy. Otherwise, it’s between him and his family.  How many of these GOPers turn out to cheat after they make their phony statements on the sanctity of marriage, opposing gay marriage, advocating abstinence-only birth control programs, and ending ALL abortions.

2) He did it on the tax-payers’ dime. I don’t care if he “pays it back”—he stole their money and that’s a felony. You don’t get “do-overs” in criminal law—if you steal money, paying it all back doesn’t erase the crime.

3) He’s CEO of a state—you cannot go completely out of touch when you are in that position. Even when I, a middle manager, am away, I always make sure I can be reached by phone, email or both.  Do what he did and you get disciplined or even fired—-as he deserves.

4) If the woman reporter on HuffPo is her, what’s she doing with a funny-looking troll like Sanford?

5) Democrats (except for Blago) have the decency to resign when they go as far as Sanford did, such as Elliot Spitzer in NY.  At least in Illinois, the state lege had the decency to toss Blago.  Aren’t they predominantly Dem?  I don’t remember a GOPer resigning for an affair since Gingrich and Livingston BOTH got caught around the time of the Clinton impeachment.

6) That leaves the GOP field for 2012 down to .... Romney, Palin and maybe Newt.  Oy!

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By BruSays, June 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

Do I care that Sanford’s marriage was on the rocks? NO.
Do I care that Sanford was shacking up with a love-interest in Argentina? NO.
Do I care that the corporate media is pushing this as “news”? NO.
Do I care that this is yet another example of Republican hypocrisy? Yes. Your’re damned right I care.

This is your so-called “family values” party, your “moral majority” party, your “Christian values” party…the same party espousing the sanctity of marriage. This is the party that pushed to impeach Clinton on his lying about having sex in the Oval Office. 

Oh, I can hear it now: “I cheated on my wife because the sanctity of marriage is being destroyed by gays!”


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By Reality, June 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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This whole affair evidences how stupid and prerient the American mind has become.  His affair is nothing - trivial.  What is important, and an impeachable offense, is that he took a trip to Buenos Aires last year to see her and let the taxpayers of S.C. pay for it.  That’s called malfeasance and ver illegal.  This is Gov. Sanford’s real problem.

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By RODRIGO, June 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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his phone records and all charges should be made public and lets see how much taxpayers spent on his cell phone, land lines and texts….....this should go back to his days in congress…...we can then determine the content and depth of his lies so far…......

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By tomack, June 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

And I thought he was hiking the Appalachians! I feel so betrayed…so soiled…so goooood.

Let us pray….

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By richard east, June 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment

I’m amazed that Fox News labeled Sanford a Democrat, though not really surprised (more amusement than anything).

You know, it’s funny how Christians choose which commandments are worthy of damnation. I wonder ... what does the Newt, or Rush, or Steele or whoever the hell is the “head” of Sanford’s party has to say about this?

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By CJ, June 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment

American (sex-obsessed) culture, not least as espoused/promoted by and in mega-media (and here too, obviously), at its most hypocritical. See Keith and Rachel programs for fine examples of how exploitation is carried out. Both juvenile as they come.

At least Sanford wasn’t caught hiking naked. As that would have been just TOO kinky! Cheating on wife is one thing, hiking naked a whole other thing.

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By Purch82, June 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

Mark Sanford is an Idiot. 

The majority of citizens here have really had their eyes opened since the fiscal stimulus debacle.  Instead of trying to work with people to improve government, he picks fights with state legislators and threatens managers of state agencies.  Granted, there are issues of ethics and partisanship, graft and corruption, but that type of behavior will get you nowhere fast.

Now, his above-the-fray image has just disintegrated into a pile of dust, but not to fear, Gov. Sanford is not eligible for reelection, since he is halfway through his second term.  He can say and do as he pleases without fear.  He does not care about the average citizen of this state, which has been apparent from the beginning.

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By samosamo, June 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Another republican family values moment, should be about time for another democrat family values moment coming soon.

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By johnnyfarout, June 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

When your wife doesn’t put out anymore and you’re all alone in your big office…what’s a man to do?! If his luck has changed and he see’s the door as “open”, then he can only go for happiness. His soul be danmed, the penis speaks! I say be damned if that’s how it is. Face the music, slouch down your h’aid sinner! In the end we all pay. Measure your weakness against the reaper and see who wins out for a weekend in paradaise. He’s done…:next.

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By zeusiswatching, June 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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Talk about an expensive foreign junket!  This guy should just go away.

More recent reports reveal steamy love correspondence.  The stuff should be beautifully hard bound and engraved in golden letters, then given to him for Christmas.  How’s this for a book title? Sonnets of a Dirt Ball.

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By rivi Gutman, June 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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I feel very badly about the press on CNN they all sound like a bunch of blood suckers ... 
The whole dealing with the Governor of Southy Carolina was a set up.  This man is intateled to go away,  he left a phone to be contacted,  and told everyone where he is.

The fact that there were spying on him,  just shows how blood hungry America press is ...  Why do you deal with such issues ?  who gives you the right to push yourself into private lives.  This is increadibloe,  and happens only in the US,  no other country in the world has so much fun to deal with adultry as in US.
CNN should be ashamed of themnselves of bringing such private issues to the public attention.  it is a disgrace of CNN.  and the American public.

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By Erin, June 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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Are these trips of indiscretion by elected officials being paid for by tax payers?!?!

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By BruSays, June 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

Sniff, sniff, sniff…
This smells of something more than just your garden variety Republican Hypocrisy. Ed Harges, maybe you’re onto something. Hey, maybe he’s been tap-dancing in Argentinian airport mens’ rooms? Or would that be “Tango-ing?” (And I wondering if he’s been billing the SC taxpayer for his flights of fancy?)

Fun stuff.

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By mrweb, June 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment

what so many stupid photographs making hundred of pics like little kids will not get one !

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By onerepub, June 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment
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Well, I hope that the country now see’s that thinking with your d…. gets you nowhere in politics that is.  Who cares who see’s who?  Does that mean that a 50 something year old man is going to vote one way or the other for the sake of p….....?  No, give the guy a break.  Somebody’s libido has nothing to do with their brain or how they run their country, company, etc.  So WHAT!!!!

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By Inherit The Wind, June 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

“Don’t cry for me, South Carolina!”  just doesn’t work as well as “Don’t cry for me, Argentina!”  as he was off with his personal “Evita”.

Another Re-thug bites the dust with a loose zipper—one who voted for Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

I’m not surprised Faux Noise can’t keep straight that Mark Sanford is a South Carolina Re-thuglican, when Terry Sanford is a NORTH Carolina Democrat.

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By Ed Harges, June 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

Look at this: Fox “News” turns Sanford into a Democrat:

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By Jim Yell, June 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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Humanity and expecially male humanity is programed to be promiscous. It isn’t un-natural, although it is a failure of self control, but still it is good to try and have some control of oneself. What does it mean to lose this control? Religion wants to paint it as an evil violation of value, but if it is why is it so prevalent?

The only reason anyone should be less than sympathtic to this man and his families embarrassement is that he is a member of that group of Americans who are smug, judgemental and frequently hateful and in fact in this particular case Mr. Sanford was all of these in response to Clinton’s pursuit of women outside his marriage.

It is obvious that we can’t trust our Money or ourselves to the Republicans. Certainly a tree is known by its fruits——-and nuts.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, June 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

The narcissism and hard bark of these hypocrites is stunning, breath taking and truly comical.  The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac was right.  Sanford was in the woods screwing a coyote.

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By Russian Paul, June 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

I doubt this is the whole story. Why go missing for 7 days? Why draw this much attention to himself?

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By Ed Harges, June 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

The next shoe to drop: the Argentinian “woman” friend is a man?

(Oh please, please, God…..)

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