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Mark Sanford Splits With Former 'Soul Mate'

Ex-mistress Maria Belen Chapur is now ex-fiancee, too

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's latest Facebook post comes in at 2,346 words, which, for the record, is slightly longer than the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail. In it, the South Carolina congressman explains that he and fiancee Maria Belen Chapur of Argentina are splitting up, reports the Washington ... More »

Mark Sanford: Past Is Past

'Is this Fox News or the National Enquirer?' he asks Chris Wallace

(Newser) - South Carolina's soon-to-be-congressman, Mark Sanford, hit Fox News Sunday this morning, telling Chris Wallace that "the past is the past" and that he's looking "forward to working with the Republican team," reports Politico . “You probably learn more from the valleys of life than you... More »

Mark Sanford Engaged to Argentine Girlfriend

No longer 'hiking,' Sanford says he's 'happy, excited'

(Newser) - Honeymoon on the Appalachian Trail? More than a year and a half after unceremoniously leaving office, Mark Sanford is engaged to Argentine mistress Maria Belén Chapur, reports CNN , which also has exclusive photos of the happy couple. "Yes, we are engaged, and I’m both happy and excited... More »

Mark Sanford, Lover Cozy Up at Uruguay Resort

It's the place they first met—how romantic!

(Newser) - Mark Sanford "hiked the Appalachian Trail" again last week, but this time he did so a bit more publicly: An Argentine celebrity magazine has published an eight-page spread on the former South Carolina governor that catches him frolicking with “soul mate” Maria Belen Chapur at a Uruguay resort... More »

Sanford Leaves Office Saying, 'Never Say Never'

Fallen conservative rock star considers the next chapter

(Newser) - Mark Sanford leaves the South Carolina governor's mansion next week a 50-year-old divorcee whose adultery ground his race toward political rock stardom to a screeching, sobbing halt. But though he's free to head out on the Appalachian trail for real this time, the AP notes in an exit interview that... More »

Jenny Sanford to Dr. Phil: I'm Looking for Love

But she's already found somebody new to snuggle with

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford is open to dating again. “I just have to make sure I pick someone who maybe loves me back,” she told Dr. Phil in an interview airing today, reports Politics Daily . “I've chosen to move on, and I've chosen to be happy about it.”... More »

Mark Sanford Back With Mistress

He admits Florida rendezvous after it goes public

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's life may have officially become a reality show today. The South Carolina governor announced during an unrelated news conference that he spent the weekend with the Argentine lover who cost him his marriage and nearly his job, reports the State . "The purpose was obviously to see if... More »

Mark Sanford Took 'Faithful' Out of Vows: Jenny

Jenny Sanford speaks out for the first time with Barbara Walters

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford shares her story of a "cheap" husband who insisted on taking the word "faithful" out of their wedding vows, telling Barbara Walters that despite it all, "I thought he loved me in his own way." In a 20/20 interview airing Friday, Sanford calls her... More »

Mark Sanford 'Worse Than Eliot Spitzer': Son

Jenny Sanford's memoir also paints cheating hubby as cheapskate

(Newser) - Before Mark Sanford made “hiking the Appalachian trail” into a household phrase, one person knew his affair scandal would be big news: His 12-year-old son. It’s “worse than Eliot Spitzer,” Bolton told mom Jenny when she broke the news of Mark’s cheating to their boys.... More »

Emails Don't Mention Sanford Affair; Critics Smell a Rat

(Newser) - A trove of emails from Mark Sanford's office contains no discussion of his recent disappearance or the resulting scandal, the State reports. Critics suspect the South Carolina governor is holding something back. “It’s a very legitimate suspicion,” a professor says. “Complex organizations in the 21st century... More »

Sanford Disappeared Last Year, Too, Emails Show

Commerce secretary didn't know where to reach guv

(Newser) - Mark Sanford’s recent Argentine excursion wasn’t the first time he had gone missing: His commerce secretary didn’t know where to reach him in June 2008, either, emails reveal. “Need contact number for (Sanford) ASAP,” the secretary wrote to a Sanford staffer on the 28th—a... More »

Sanford Staff Had No Clue How to Reach Him

(Newser) - Mark Sanford's embattled staffers really didn't know where he was when he bolted to Argentina to visit his lover last month, the State reports. Emails and phone records show that Sanford's chief of staff called the governor's cell phones 15 times during the trip without getting an answer. His communications... More »

Sanford Looked for Real Estate in Argentina

Governor kept evenings free, shopped around during state trip

(Newser) - Mark Sanford requested meetings with real estate agents during his state-funded trade mission to Argentina last year and rearranged his itinerary to ensure he had at least one free evening in Buenos Aires, according to emails obtained by the AP. The South Carolina governor has said the trip was when... More »

Jenny Sanford: I'm Willing to Forgive

(Newser) - It's a relative tidal wave of good news for Mark Sanford: Wife Jenny issued a statement today calling his affair "inexcusable" but reiterating that she's willing to forgive him, reports ABC News. As for his political career, she says it's up to South Carolina voters and lawmakers whether to... More »

Sanford Admits to More Liaisons With Mistress

(Newser) - Mark Sanford met his Argentine mistress more times than he’s originally let on, he told the AP today. Sanford, who’d originally copped to only four meetings with Maria Belen Chapur during an 8-year relationship, described five in the past year alone, including two romantic getaways in New York,... More »

How Sanford Can Get His Groove Back

Four tricks up his sleeve to win back the public

(Newser) - Mark Sanford has fallen from grace, but he possesses the know-how to make his way back, writes Roger Simon of Politico. What the philandering governor has going for him:
  • "He knows how to use people." Just look at his marriage: His wife ran his campaign in 1994, when
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Sanford Emails Apologies to Constituents

Rambling missive says new 'humility' could make him better gov

(Newser) - In an online apology to South Carolinians, Mark Sanford asks for forgiveness and explains his decision to keep his post in an effort to become “a better person,” WLTX reports. “Close friends” suggested he’d be “of more service in whatever doors God opened next in... More »

Mistress Admits Relationship With Sanford

Argentine woman denies beau leaked embarrassing emails

(Newser) - The Argentine woman identified as Mark Sanford’s mistress acknowledged her relationship with the South Carolina governor, the AP reports. María Belén Chapur confirmed that someone hacked her email account last year and sent her correspondence with Sanford to the State newspaper of Columbia, SC. However, contrary to... More »

Mistress' Other Man Sent Sanford E-mails to Paper

Argentine mistress saw another man, but told Gov, 'You are my love'

(Newser) - Mark Sanford’s lovey-dovey e-mails were discovered—and e-mailed to a South Carolina newspaper—by another man his mistress was dating, a former coworker tells the New York Times. He says the mistress, who’s been identified as María Belén Chapur, began dating a young Argentinean man a... More »

Sanford Mistress Dodges Press

Chapur worked as journalist in US covering 9/11 attacks

(Newser) - Maria Belen Chapur has been successfully avoiding the horde of journalists camped outside her Buenos Aires apartment for the last few days, McClatchy reports. Chapur—who has been identified by the Argentine media as Mark Sanford's mistress—worked as a journalist and translator for TV station Canal America and went... More »

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