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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...

SC Republicans Vote to Slap Sanford's Wrist

Toothless resolution indicates gov is likely to keep his job

(Newser) - South Carolina Republicans voted to censure Gov. Mark Sanford last night, but since they didn’t call for his head, he’s likely to keep it, Politico reports. They chided Sanford for failing to adhere to the “core principles and beliefs” of the party, but said that “barring...

New Fondle Pix Threaten G8 Shame for Berlusconi

(Newser) - Just as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hopes to rehab his tarnished reputation by hosting this week's G8 summit, a slew of breast-grabbing, "lesbian-kissing" photos threatens to bring him a new flood of embarrassment. Publications have bid for some 5,000 photos snapped at his Sardinia home the last...

Sanford Didn't Use State Money for Trips: Cops

Inquiry finds he broke no laws, as governor says he won't resign

(Newser) - South Carolina authorities say philandering Governor Mark Sanford did not use state funds to visit his Argentine mistress or break any laws, the State reports. “The man has been open with us,” said the director of the State Law Enforcement Division after an investigation. "We have found...

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,...

Meghan McCain: Leave Mark Sanford Alone
Meghan McCain: Leave Mark Sanford Alone
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Meghan McCain: Leave Mark Sanford Alone

Instead of hypocrisy, troubled GOP must employ compassion

(Newser) - Meghan McCain wants you to forgive Mark Sanford. “I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am younger,” she writes for the Daily Beast, “but it’s of very little concern to me who elected officials sleep with.” Assuming he didn’t do...

No-Compromise Jenny Sanford Is SC Hero

Jenny Sanford wins praise for not standing by her man

(Newser) - In the traditional narrative of the philandering politician, the wronged wife is forced to stand by her man and offer unconditional forgiveness. But Jenny Sanford is forging a new path. She has publicly flayed the South Carolina governor—"His career is not a concern of mine," she told...

Yep, There's a Sex Tape, Says Edwards Aide

Young gave Hunter a place to stay...and then found a steamy video

(Newser) - What's a sex scandal without a sex tape? A source who got a peek at the tell-all book proposal penned by Andrew Young—the Edwards aide who claimed to be the father of Rielle Hunter’s child—tells the New York Daily News that Young found a videotape of Hunter...

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...

Sanford Mistress Dodges Press
 Sanford Mistress Dodges Press  

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...

Sanford Says He Won't Resign, Cites Bible

Compares himself to David, who 'fell mightily,' in apology

(Newser) - Gov. Mark Sanford apologized today to his South Carolina cabinet, the State reports, but said he wouldn’t resign and compared himself to the Biblical David. David “fell mightily, he fell in very significant ways, but was able to pick up the pieces,” said the Republican, adding that...

Sanford's Wife: His Career, His Problem

(Newser) - Jenny Sanford doesn’t much care what political fate befalls her cheating husband, CNN reports. “His career is not a concern of mine,” South Carolina's first lady told reporters as she left the family’s vacation home. “He’s going to have to worry about that. I’...

Thune Takes Ensign's GOP Leadership Post

Policy Committee slot is No. 4 in party's Senate hierarchy

(Newser) - Republicans today elected Sen. John Thune to the leadership post vacated by Sen. John Ensign, who stepped down after admitting last week to an extramarital affair with a campaign aide. Thune will lead the Senate Republican Policy Committee, the No. 4 position in the leadership, and play a role in...

Sanford Visits Wife, Family
 Sanford Visits Wife, Family 

Sanford Visits Wife, Family

The couple plans to reconcile, they say

(Newser) - Gov. Mark Sanford is at a South Carolina beach home with his wife and four sons today, his staff tells the AP. The married couple says a reconciliation is in the works despite Sanford’s confession yesterday to a yearlong affair with an Argentinean woman. The Republican—who may also...

Lesson Learned From Sanford: He's Nuts

Another middle-aged heterosexual leader trips up

(Newser) - Mark Sanford’s appearance yesterday taught us something important: He’s “a complete loony,” writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. We should thank him, really, for providing us with a governor “weirder than Rod Blagojevich and less responsible than Eliot Spitzer.” Once, he was...

Sanford Cops to Affair With Argentine Woman

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted today that he has been having an affair with an Argentine woman, Politico reports. “I’ve been unfaithful to be my wife,” the Republican said at a teary and rambling news conference in which he explained his mysterious absence. “It began...

GOP Meets Ensign Apology With 'Love and Kindness'

(Newser) - Disgraced Sen. John Ensign gave Republican colleagues a well-received apology today for “embarrassing the Senate” by having an affair, the Hill reports. One colleague said the apology was “very contrite, very sincere.” Sen. Orrin Hatch pointed out that “everybody has flaws,” and said “all...

Fox, Handed Ensign Affair, Commits Ugly Fumble
Fox, Handed Ensign Affair, Commits Ugly Fumble
ANALYSIS

Fox, Handed Ensign Affair, Commits Ugly Fumble

(Newser) - Fox News had the bombshell about Sen. John Ensign’s affair in its lap and didn’t do anything with it, Howard Kurtz writes in the Washington Post. A Fox producer tells the Huffington Post the network never received a letter Douglas Hampton, the husband of the Republican’s mistress,...

Husband Outed Ensign Affair to Fox News
Husband Outed Ensign Affair
to Fox News
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Husband Outed Ensign Affair to Fox News

Hampton's lawyer made 'exorbitant demands': senator

(Newser) - The husband of John Ensign’s mistress sent a letter detailing the affair to Fox News just days before the senator’s public admission, the Las Vegas Sun reports. A spokesman said Ensign acknowledged the affair because Doug Hampton had approached “a major television news channel.” The senator's...

Aide's Salary Doubled During Affair With Senator

Woman's husband, son were also on senator's payroll

(Newser) - Campaign treasurer Cynthia Hampton's salary doubled after she began an affair with her boss, Sen. John Ensign, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Federal election documents show that pay for Hampton—whose husband and son also worked for Ensign—jumped from around $1400 to $2800 a month early last year.

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