June 30th, 2009
01:21 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. jaye

    He just keeps lying!!

    June 30, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Once You Vote Black: PUMA, Sanford, Operation Chaos.

    So what! Hawaii has a boom pointed at it and is going to blast on the 4th of July. Does anyone have a problem with that? LOL. This is like trying to figure out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar.

    June 30, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. cheryl of san diego

    What a shame. Those "lusty" email messages coming from a man in his 50's is totally shameful. (Did he copy those lines from one of those Shakespeare literature books??) Is Sanford getting menopausal???" Sanford should be ashamed of himself!!!!

    Jenny, be nice to yourself, enjoy life...get rid of that cheating man.

    June 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Party Crasher

    They have been doing "it" for a long time now. Jenny may as well face it, she will have to share as long as Maria is willing too. Mark, you a one Smooth Operator.

    June 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. vs

    Doesn't suprise me– the erosion of values and everything else that has gone along with it.

    May God have mercy on each one us. !!

    June 30, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. the southern progressive

    what a tangled web we weave , at first in order to deceive.

    or something like that.. but the fact of the matter is, you can never trust a liar.. simply because they are liars. i mean, if he would lie to the person he vowed to love and honor.. why wouldnt he lie to anyone and everyone else.

    June 30, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Angie in PA

    Resign already Sanford your a liar how could the People of SC Trust what you say?

    June 30, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Now he's changing his story up. This guy is not credible and he should resign immediately. I wonder how much this fiasco has cost the state.

    June 30, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Connie Sturgeon

    He needs to resign if he thinks anything of four children. Get his self out of the lime lite and quit lying so people will stop talking about this for the kids.This man is a fool who is only thinking of him self.

    June 30, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. ben

    I heard on TV someone say " If we had all the bad information collected on all the members of congress, and rascals had to resign, we would no longer have a goverment"
    I cant see what sex has to do with a mans ability to help govern in a reasonable and prudent way.

    June 30, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He can afford to take private trips to see his mistress, but he doesn't want to accept stimulus dollars to fix up the broke down schools in South Carolina. This guy is a moron. The cost of his Argentinian excursion probably could've gone to better use for the state.

    June 30, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Jeff

    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.

    Disgusting.

    June 30, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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    June 30, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Fed up in SC

    And we are truly shocked. He is getting on my nerves just like Sarah Palin. Can you please just resign and GO AWAY!!!!. If you lived in SC you would know why we want him outta' here so bad. The people of SC should be able to vote to get him out of office just like we had to to get him into office.

    June 30, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. rand

    Spiritual adviser? Good one.

    I am a little sick of this entire thing. NO, I am a lot sick of it. Sanford and Ensign showed the world what Hypocrites they are. ESPECIALLY Ensign and Sanford seemed to take the limelight off of him.

    Sanford has been a horrible Governor and will be forced out of office in 18 months due to term limits. Let him stay in office for that relatively short period and let's move on. He has severely tarnished his reputation and I doubt we will see much of him in the future.

    June 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Repugs say: "I am Holier than Thou, Everyone Else is Condemned to Hades so Vote for Me"

    Gov. Sanford is only human. You can't blame him for falling in love. Only a Repugliklan hypocrit would cast the first stone by violating the biblical principle of forgiveness.

    June 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Ching

    When you lie in your aoplogy speech, you are not sincere, and you do not deserve any more trust.

    "five visits in the past 12 months?". Gee, no wonder Mrs. Sanford knows already.

    June 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Ken

    Poor guy. Why, if it spews nonsense like a [R]..........is cluelss like a [R]......lies like a [R].....lives in a delusional world like a [R]......treats hypocrisy as an ideology like a [R]......why then, it MUST BE A [R]!!!!

    June 30, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. james

    Republicans = Hypocrites

    The GOP has lost all of it's bearings hasn't it. I mean they raked a huge budget deficit for Obama. They have done every disgusting thing you can think off. Taken this country to war on pack of lies. Sacrificed our CIA for political gain. This Gov. assaults Obama, knowing full well he has been embezzling state money for personal pleasure. What's next for the GOP?

    I am glad I am not a Republican anymore.

    June 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Respect

    Lying the republican way!

    June 30, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. makesUwonder

    Good Lord CNN, at this point who really cares...........move on PLEASE!

    June 30, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. JWB94596

    Mark thought he might get away with it as long as it was just "offshore drilling"

    June 30, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. AustHall

    Well, I cannot believe that a man who brazenly left his family and job for 5 days would be less than honest about how many times he was with his mistress.

    Unbelievable HYPOCRISY!!!

    Typical Christian Conservative

    June 30, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. jaye

    He was dazzled by those tan lines....LOL

    June 30, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    he is just another holier than thou repug that attacked President Clinton and now has gotten caught with his pants down.

    June 30, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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