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Mark Sanford Back With Mistress

He admits Florida rendezvous after it goes public
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted May 12, 2010 5:04 PM CDT
Mark Sanford Back With Mistress
A 2009 file photo of Argentine Maria Belen Chapur.   (AP Photo, File)

(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 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."

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In fairness to Sanford, he brought the issue up only after Gawker posted comments from sharp-eyed observers who saw him and Maria Belen Chapur making googly eyes at each other in the Florida Keys. The governor said he maintained contact with his office all weekend, unlike during his infamous non-trip to the Appalachian Trail. "This obsession with one's personal life at some point has got to end," he said of the media. (Read more Mark Sanford stories.)

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