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Gov. Sanford Admits Affair and Explains Disappearance
NYT ^ | 6/24/09

Posted on 06/24/2009 12:13:57 PM PDT by FromLori

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, apologized in a rambling news conference on Wednesday for having an extra-marital affair with a woman in Argentina, ending a mystery over his week-long disappearance that had infuriated lawmakers and seemed to put his rising political career in jeopardy.

Governor Sanford admitted he had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since Thursday, not hiking on the Appalachian Trail as he told his staff. In revealing an affair that had gone on for about a year — and which he had disclosed to his wife, Jenny, five months ago, he said: “This was selfishness on my part.”

Mr. Sanford announced on Wednesday that he was resigning his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

In an interview with The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday morning, Mr. Sanford said he had taken an unplanned trip to the South American country to recharge after a difficult legislative session in which he battled with lawmakers over accepting a portion of the federal stimulus funding.

He had considered hiking the trail, he said. “But I said ‘no’ I wanted to do something exotic,” Mr. Sanford told The State. “It’s a great city.”

Only at the news conference did he reveal why he traveled there.

The whispers about the missing governor started as early as Friday, when one lawmaker and outspoken rival of Mr. Sanford was quietly outraged that the governor had left the state without a plan for a transfer of power in the event of an emergency.

State Senator John M. Knotts, Jr., a Republican, said in a telephone interview that he got a tip from a caller — whom he would not identify —

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: gopimplosion; marksanford; sanford
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To: robert561
I once read that every single president except Nixon cheated on his wife while in office.

Well, we can say for sure that Buchanan didn't.

51 posted on 06/24/2009 12:33:50 PM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: robert561
I once read that every single president except Nixon cheated on his wife while in office.

Well, we can say for sure that Buchanan didn't.

52 posted on 06/24/2009 12:33:53 PM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: FromLori

How can someone so stupid get so far in politics? That’s what I want to know.


53 posted on 06/24/2009 12:34:04 PM PDT by Antoninus (Queer is boring.)
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To: KansasGirl

“Didn’t he say in the news conference that his wife and him are separated?”

Is that true? If it is, I’m not as outraged as my first comment would suggest. :) It it’s true, then he just needs to say it’s no one else’s business - and be done with it. Like obama said, “I answered that.” Maybe it would be good for the GOP to have someone who won’t back down. It would certainly be a switch...but if he’s already resigned...It’s so hard being a conservative - the morals and the brain power are really on our side, but the players just won’t play.


54 posted on 06/24/2009 12:34:06 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: precisionshootist

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2278567/posts?page=93#93

I called dibs on this new euphamism:
“Hiking the Appalachian Trail”...

(bummer situation though)


55 posted on 06/24/2009 12:34:11 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Non-Sequitur

I could be very wrong about this, but I would be very surprised if Bobby Jindal would be caught in a sex scandal. But I wouldn’t put any money on it.


56 posted on 06/24/2009 12:36:15 PM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: DJ MacWoW

...You were saying?....


57 posted on 06/24/2009 12:36:19 PM PDT by onedoug (SARAH!)
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To: FromLori

Was he wearing a diaper on the plane? (like ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak)


58 posted on 06/24/2009 12:42:36 PM PDT by golas1964 (Zero is NOT my hero!)
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To: robert561

I find it difficult to believe that story. Reagan? Ike? T. Roosevelt? I have my doubts. I certainly find it hard to believe it about Gerald Ford as well.


59 posted on 06/24/2009 12:42:47 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: onedoug

This man has destroyed his family and political career and all you can say is “Nah Nah! I was right”. Isn’t being self centered what brought him down?


60 posted on 06/24/2009 12:43:55 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: cripplecreek

SC is a very conservative state obviously. It is very possible that he could be impeached or forced to resign.


61 posted on 06/24/2009 12:43:56 PM PDT by mono
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To: FromLori

I know you posted that jokingly, but I was reading an article a few days ago from a woman who had voted for Obama and had become somewhat disillusioned. Anyway, the thrust of the article was that men are messing up the country. That they’ve always been in charge, and look where we are now.

Again, it was somewhat tongue in cheek but if things continue along the current path, I suspect she won’t be the only woman who feels that way, probably quite a few men as well.

Obama ran on change but if he doesn’t really do anything, it’ll just be the 44th guy in a row to be President. Yeah, he’ll have been different in being a black guy, but he’d still be a guy.

The real change would become more apparent. And there could be a lot of folks who are ready for it.

As for Sanford, I knew womething was up. You just don’t disappear over Father’s Day weekend from your wife and four kids, epsecially when you’re Governor of a state. And then his car is spotted at an airport a six hour drive away.

It’s not like he’s the only one. In the past few years alone there’s him, Ensign, Edwards, Spitzer, Vitter, McGreevey, Clinton, Gingrich. Guys from both parties, at the highest levels of power. Presidents, VP nominees, Speakers, Governors, Senators.


62 posted on 06/24/2009 12:44:27 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: FromLori

and somewhere in America a politician smiles as he lifts a dixie cup full of Hawaiian Punch in the air in a mock toast ...


63 posted on 06/24/2009 12:44:32 PM PDT by fortunate sun (Tell me what books you want to ban and I'll tell you what type of politics you hold.)
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To: cripplecreek
He’ll be fine. At least he admits it and appears genuinely sorry.

Admitted it? What choice did he have? A governor disappears, with state security, the Lt. governor, and eventually the nation searching for him, he lies to his staff and puts them in media hell trying to convince the world he is hiking on the Appalachian trail, then the media discover the abandoned government vehicle at an airport, after a week of chaos he returns to America and has to confess that he wasn't even in the country and was with a girlfriend in Argentina.

This guy is bizarre and scuzzy, did I say bizarre already, this guy is flaky and slippery as hell, thank God he self destructed now rather than later, too bad he took so much conservative prestige down with him when he finally went.

64 posted on 06/24/2009 12:44:56 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: KansasGirl
Didn’t he say in the news conference that his wife and him are separated?

I would hope they are now. I haven't heard anything about them being separated for the past five months.

65 posted on 06/24/2009 12:45:18 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: KansasGirl
Didn’t he say in the news conference that his wife and him are separated?

I would hope they are now. I haven't heard anything about them being separated for the past five months.

66 posted on 06/24/2009 12:45:20 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: capydick

Ain’t that the truth!


67 posted on 06/24/2009 12:46:09 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: robert561

Would someone that didn’t have power and cheated on their spouse, have a charcter flaw? How much power is required before it’s not a flaw?


68 posted on 06/24/2009 12:46:36 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: ElayneJ

I thought he said that they are separated, “but not formally.” Sounded to me like his wife was well aware that he was still involved with the lady from Argentina, but I could be wrong.


69 posted on 06/24/2009 12:46:45 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: FromLori
A.W.O.L. M.O.R.O.N.

Why not be like a Democrat and just carry on like nothing happened, do your job and people forgive.

70 posted on 06/24/2009 12:46:59 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: jeltz25

No actually I did not post it jokingly I said the same thing about North Korea threatening us I believe if Palin would have been Vice President they would take heed. I know myself I would Nuke Em! Hence give Estrogen a chance.


71 posted on 06/24/2009 12:47:02 PM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Glenn

“Where do they get the energy?”

Clean living, intense gym workouts, and regular marathon running/s;)


72 posted on 06/24/2009 12:47:11 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: robert561

You were told that by an imbecile. Jackson and Jefferson were widowers, Buchanan was a bachelor, so they couldn’t cheat by definition. Cleveland married during his presidency to a real hottie. It is very doubtful that Grant or either Adams was unfaithful. Since Tyler had 16 children, he probably didn’t have time to cheat. Taylor and W.H. Harrison didn’t live long enough to have affairs. Pierce was too drunk. Polk was sickly and adored his wife. Of the rest, only a handful appear to be womanizers. I suggest you read “Young Goodman Brown” before you spread such nonsense.


73 posted on 06/24/2009 12:47:17 PM PDT by stop_fascism (Georgism is Capitalism's best, last hope)
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To: FromLori
Sanford will go down in the annals of "Dumb Horny Politicians" right alongside Wilbur Mills, and his Argentine Frirecracker, Fannie Foxxe:

http://ldesign.wordpress.com/2007/05/

Does anyone remember Wilbur Mills these days? A US Representative from 1939 to 1977, he was the menace of Washington DC females of all colors, shapes and professions. Liking his spirits, he cut quite a lively picture in the DC social life.

On October 7th, 1974, he gained true fame because of a somewhat rocky relationship with Argentine stripper Fannie Foxe (aka The Argentine Firecracker). That very night, being driven through DC, his car was stopped due to no headlights being on. As the cop approached, Fannie jumped out of the car and hopped into a nearby Tidal Basin. Wilbur, drunk as a skunk, remained in the car, fingering the scratches on his face.

Fannie eventually climbed out of the Basin; Wilbur temporarily sobered up enough to enjoy a 60% reelection by the good, not to mention open minded, people of Arkansas. But Fanniegate wasn’t over. Wilbur was soon forced to step down from his seat after staggering onto the stage of a Boston club where Fannie did her act, creating a bit of unfortunate turmoil. Allegedly, he later joined the AA. It’s not known what happened to Fannie except there are indeed some rumors involving the Kennedy’s.

74 posted on 06/24/2009 12:48:17 PM PDT by Palladin ("Let them eat frozen custard"....Emperor Obama)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Smarmy works too.


75 posted on 06/24/2009 12:48:52 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: FromLori

Before I condemn the man I must compare pictures of his wife to the Argentinian babe. Only half kiddikng. Looking at Hillary I couldn’t blame Clinton for what he did. I blamed him for where he did it.


76 posted on 06/24/2009 12:49:24 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( I hate all politicians. Including republicans.)
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To: mono
SC is a very conservative state obviously. It is very possible that he could be impeached or forced to resign.

I hope they're happy with what they get. The SC GOP chair has already stated that they have two wonderfull senators who would be up to the job. Imagine Governor Lindsey Graham and the scandals he could produce.
77 posted on 06/24/2009 12:49:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: bestintxas
Grand Old Party now needs to Get Over Pu$$y.
78 posted on 06/24/2009 12:50:16 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: Non-Sequitur

RON PAUL 2012!!!


79 posted on 06/24/2009 12:50:16 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Ironically, Sarah would probably have the biggest potential pool of applicants to choose from if she did go that route. It is noteworthy that you never really hear about female pols having affairs, only the guys.

Perhaps Sarah and Hillary could divorce Todd and Bill, respectively, and get married in IA(where it was just legalized), and form an unbeatable bipartisan superticket in 2012.


80 posted on 06/24/2009 12:50:51 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: DJ MacWoW

Sure. As you say, now.


81 posted on 06/24/2009 12:51:05 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: utahagen
In 2009, even liberals can't get away with this. The National Enquirer chased John Edwards into the Men's Room at the Beverly Hilton when Edwards was on his way to Reille Hunter's room.

Had it been a Repub it would have been the NYTMSNBCCNNABC chasing him into the john and not the Enquirer

82 posted on 06/24/2009 12:52:21 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Grand Old Party now needs to Get Over Pu$$y.

Nah...just "strange" pu$$y...we don't want them going all Bawney Fwank on us, do we?

I guess Till Death Do Us Part only means something to conservatives.

83 posted on 06/24/2009 12:52:56 PM PDT by IrishPennant (RLT = Radical Left Terrorism...feel it????)
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To: KoRn

It is reported that it was a woman with whom he is having an affair. I suspect that in fact it was a twelve year old boy. After all he is a politician, in America, in 2009 AD. On the other hand, being an American politician, he may have been standing nude on a beach in Argentina, facing the ocean with barbed wire rapped about his middle, an electrical cord slowly being tightened about his neck all while fondling his genitals. These people are sick.


84 posted on 06/24/2009 12:53:08 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: onedoug

How about showing the maturity this man didn’t?


85 posted on 06/24/2009 12:53:17 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Thailand? Argentina?
86 posted on 06/24/2009 12:55:18 PM PDT by Shermy ("The whole world has financed the United States, ...they have a reciprocal debt with the planet.")
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To: Sarah Barracuda
....if she pees people know about it,

This is literally true. The Juneau Dems have their own bathroom monitor, Rep. Beth Kerttula, who keeps tab on that.

Sorry about your disappointment re: Sanford. Tragic that he would do that to his family but I never thought much of him as a leader anyway.

87 posted on 06/24/2009 12:56:03 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: ansel12

“and was with a girlfriend in Argentina.”

Not exactly a weekend trip to Bermuda.


88 posted on 06/24/2009 12:57:13 PM PDT by Shermy ("The whole world has financed the United States, ...they have a reciprocal debt with the planet.")
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To: KansasGirl
Didn’t he say in the news conference that his wife and him are separated?

Yes, but he also inferred they are separated over his affair with this woman. He said they were working through it, or something like that. Evidently, he wasn't working too hard. I hope SC impeaches him. As conservative a state it is, it might happen. He built his career on the backs of others, and destroyed it, and many of them, along with his family. He's not fit to be a governor.

89 posted on 06/24/2009 12:57:47 PM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: IrishPennant

BF just likes boy prostitutes.

BF is a good set of initials for him.

This country is going to Hell faster than I thought possible.


90 posted on 06/24/2009 12:58:03 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: FromLori

I agree.


91 posted on 06/24/2009 12:59:12 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Better to convert enemies to allies than to destroy them)
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To: capydick

Not gonna fly. What elective office has John Edwards held since 2004? Did he come anywhere close to the Democrat Presidential nomination in 2008?

Please don’t give the opposition ammo with false equivalencies. Sanford is a POS. If he used SC state money at any time to finance his visits with his mistress, he deserves to be impeached.

If he had any shred of decency, he would have resigned long before this became public. The only ones I feel sorry for are his wife and four young sons.


92 posted on 06/24/2009 12:59:28 PM PDT by Mariko
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To: robert561

You must have got that information from Doris Kearns Goodwin.


93 posted on 06/24/2009 1:00:01 PM PDT by Palladin ("Let them eat frozen custard"....Emperor Obama)
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To: jeltz25
Anyway, the thrust of the article was that men are messing up the country.

That's true, but that has only been the case in government since we started allowing women to vote (just a factual observation; make of it what you will).

Now that the socialism those women voted in have created a social welfare system that has destroyed the nuclear family, we have an entire generation of women (and effeminate men) who think government is supposed to be their husband or their daddy, and vote accordingly.

94 posted on 06/24/2009 1:00:15 PM PDT by Technogeeb (The only good Russian is a dead Russian. Rest in Peace, Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

We were already heading that way before, but now we have Obambo driving he train pull and BF taking up the caboose.


95 posted on 06/24/2009 1:01:35 PM PDT by IrishPennant (RLT = Radical Left Terrorism...feel it????)
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To: Shermy

The New Argentine Firecracker!

(Obscure Wilbur Mills reference, not understood by persons under 50 years of age.)


96 posted on 06/24/2009 1:02:40 PM PDT by Palladin ("Let them eat frozen custard"....Emperor Obama)
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To: Palladin

Thanks for laugh, we needed it!

**Even though it is not SUPPOSED to be funny**


97 posted on 06/24/2009 1:08:56 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: FromLori

Another idiot gives the dems an excuse to sing “culture of corruption” all over again.


98 posted on 06/24/2009 1:10:37 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: FromLori
sigh.....
99 posted on 06/24/2009 1:11:27 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Palladin

But Wilbur was a drunk ... I don’t think Governor SAnford is a drunk, nor bathing in fountains.


100 posted on 06/24/2009 1:13:26 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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