June 30th, 2009
01:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Sanford contradicts himself on meetings with mistress

 Gov. Mark Sanford has said it's better for him to keep his governorship to 'learn lessons.'
Gov. Mark Sanford has said it's better for him to keep his governorship to 'learn lessons.'

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford met with his Argentinian mistress more times than he originally admitted, Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer confirmed Tuesday.

After returning from a secret trip to Argentina unknown to his staff or wife last week, Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair, and said that he had seen his mistress three times in the past year.

But he told The Associated Press he had met with Maria Belen Chapur seven times, including five visits in the past 12 months.

Two of their meetings in the past year included multiple-night stays in New York, Sanford told the AP.

Sanford told the AP he met with Chapur a third time in New York on what was intended to be a goodbye visit. Sanford was accompanied by his spiritual adviser, the AP reported.

Sanford also told the AP of what he said were two non-romantic encounters - including their first meeting in 2001 in Uruguay and getting coffee in New York during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

"There was some kind of connection from the very beginning," he said to the AP.

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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    Lies, lies and still more lies.

    What a spectacle of neo-con "christian" values on display!

    June 30, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Naaaaaaa, he's still lying, but how could it be?

    Oh yes he's a lying, thieving, cheating, sell your own mother for a dollar Republican.

    June 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Ellie, MD

    ENOUGH, Mark Sanford needs to RESIGN. He's NO LONGER qualified to LEAD as Governor. Please STEP DOWN Mr. Sanford and do what's RIGHT for the residents of South Carolina.

    It's NO LONGER about YOU, it's about what's BEST for the State of South Carolina and the longer you stay on, the more South Carolina becomes the laughing stock of the world. It's time to step aside and let someone else step in. Your sordid affair has done nothing but bring shame and disgrace to the Office of Governor.

    June 30, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Tomkat

    When a soldier leaves his post unguarded, that is desertion. When a corporate employee leaves for three days and does not notify the employer of his/her whereabouts or reason for absence, they are terminated for hob abandonment. When an appointed state executive official leaves the country and leaves no one in charge of the state, that is dereliction of duty. Sanford should resign or be impeached on those grounds, not that he had an affair. He abandoned the interests of the people of South Carolina, a job he is sworn to uphold. If SC residents don't move for impeachment, it just shows why they are always in the bottom percentile of states with educated people...Move forward SC, get out of the ditch!

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Edna, MO

    What did you expect? He lied to his wife and he lied to the voters. What else is new with this man?

    June 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Keefe

    It's obvious this guy can't stop thinking about his mistress even NOW....

    She must've really put it on him.....!

    June 30, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Kwesoe

    Why does this loser continue to occupy the public mind with graphic details of his lying, cheating conductt. If he respects the people of S.C., he should just do the honorable thing and resign.

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Mike Dallas

    "There was some kind of connection from the very beginning,"

    And now we all know what the "extension" was that made the connection!

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Peace

    It is a terrible thing to fall in love. It wipes off the memory, responsibilities, judgment etc. etc. This is what happened to Sanford! Poor man!

    June 30, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. lcw

    It's hard to believe that women do stand by these jerks like they do. There are too many that could use this as an impetus to get rid of their own gad-fly. Hillary should have left Bill, also. It would have meant so much more to women out their that tolerate this sad, sad behavior and maybe, just maybe men (or women) would give their infidelities some rest.

    June 30, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. brs

    "Jeff June 30th, 2009 1:36 pm ET

    Who cares?

    CNN, being a water carrier apologist for the democrat party would gladly sweep democrat corruption under the rug and cover this meaningless crap.


    You mean just like Fox News does for republicans?

    June 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. johnnie

    wow news flash, wow i cant believe it say it is not so,he actuallly lied again and just the tip of the iceberg for sanford,we are just getting started on this fool,everyday another lie,good stay there in office sanford we are enjoying this soap opera called ,gop bites the dust

    June 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Fed up in SC

    One more thing America and you thought that only African-Americans had baby daddies....any man that would do that to his children and especially on Father's Day is what you would call a Baby Daddy.

    June 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Lee in Ohio

    Mr. Sanford's latest remarks make it clear that he is a self-absorbed, deluded hypocrite. The good people of the state of South Carolina need to give him the bum's rush. And they need to do it soon.

    June 30, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Republicans seem to be taking up the European way of having mistresses and wives while holding political offices. Sure hope we don't get stuck with decent healthcare and clean cities and fresh air like some parts of Europe are stuck with.

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Maybe Palin's church in Alaska can excorcise the demons from this man - they got rid of her witches. Hey – just saying .......

    June 30, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. J.C.

    SC probably should ask New Yorkers how they like their new governor.

    June 30, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Joe in CA

    And this is a surprise??? He's a Republican. Of course there's going to be contradictions in his statement. Remember WMD's?? The highest level of contradictions costing us BILLIONS in a war for OIL and THOUSANDS of US soldiers KILLED and INJURED.

    June 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. TCM

    who really cares? This story, along with all the others CNN keeps sensationalizing are here for two reasons; 1. The guy's a republican...you wouldn't see all the underage gay orgies that Backdoor Barney holds on here...because he's a liberal....2. CNN loves to run cover for Obama's socialist agenda;

    June 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. G NO P

    ben June 30th, 2009 1:34 pm ET
    I cant see what sex has to do with a mans ability to help govern in a reasonable and prudent way.

    It is not about the sex, it is all about the hypocrisy. If Sanford is going to represent himself as a pillar of virtue and condemn others (Clinton, for example) he had better be walking the walk.

    June 30, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. TCM

    @ JAMES –

    I'm not defending Sanford, but you're totally wrong....the republicans didn't rake in a debt for Obama. Obama, along with the liberal, irresponsible congress starting in 2006, when it become controlled by the party of D'oh!, is when the debt started....just like the mortgage crisis and the economical crisis...all started by liberals who felt unqualified applicants, specifically minorities, "had a right," to own a home...that's what we're all going to pay for....CNN is just using Sanford as a ruse to take heat off of Obama's sliding numbers....down again today.

    June 30, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Gal from Massachusetts

    IMPEACH him!!! Isn't that what he wanted to do to Clinton? What goes around, comes around. Shame on you Sanford!

    June 30, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. erika

    So I just read that S.C. Governor has 'crossed lines' with more women than his wife. This idiot is begging South Carolina residents to fire him. He is a true hypocrite!!

    June 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    First, he leaves his four sons on Father's Day to see his girlfriend.

    Then he takes his "spiritual advisor" to his break-up?

    This guys is a special kind of twisted.
    Frankly, I don't care if he had an affair. That is between him, his wife, and her frying pan.
    But the lies and the hypocrisy are way over the top.

    June 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Barb

    Just what kind of married man feeling a connection with a female other than their wife would continue to have any kind of communication with that female?? This guy deserves to be sent out to dry from politics and from his role as a husband to his current wife. Let him go live with his mistress and see just how long the connection will last.

    June 30, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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