May 12th, 2010
04:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Sanford reunites with Argentine mistress

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that he spent the weekend with his former mistress.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that he spent the weekend with his former mistress.

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford confirmed Wednesday that he spent last weekend trying to rekindle a relationship with an Argentine woman he once called his "soul mate."

"As a matter of record, everybody in this room knows exactly who I was with over the weekend," Sanford told reporters during a press conference. "That is no mystery to anybody given what I said last summer. And you know 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 it won't."

The rendezvous was originally reported by the website Gawker after tipsters spotted Sanford and a tall brunette in the Florida Keys.

South Carolina's Attorney General decided last week that the Republican governor will not face criminal charges following an investigation into his travel and campaign expenses, a probe that started after media organizations began examining the governor's financial practices following his disclosure of the extramarital affair last June.

At Wednesday's press conference, Sanford pushed back against continued interest in his personal life, saying "[W]hat I do know is this, the obsession with one's personal life needs to come to an end."

Sanford, who is not running for re-election in November, had been considered a possible 2012 Republican presidential contender before he admitted his affair in a nationally televised statement.

In February, a judge granted a divorce to Sanford's wife, Jenny, who separated from her husband last summer.


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. gary

    does anybody remember that part of for better or worse in their marriage vows i have been married to my wife denise for 33 years she stood by me when i had cancer i stood by her when she had medical problems we raised three wonderfull children this place we eat a couple we have got to know will be married 70 years in august then i thought they got married 1 year before pearl harbour, it can be done people just learn to have love in your heart

    May 12, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. JES

    His fifteen minutes are up move on to something that makes a difference in the real world.

    May 12, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Kiwi

    Good for him! Time to move on. Life's short - if you are lucky enough to find a soulmate – then go for it. His wife is done with him, he's legally divorced. Give the guy a break already. (Yes, I have a family and children).

    May 12, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Snarky

    Are we hiking the Appalachian Trail again?

    May 12, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Who paid for his trip last weekend?

    May 12, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Pandora

    Love happens.

    May 12, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Sanford2012

    Sanford 2012!

    No one can deny that Sanford was right about the economy, the bailout, the government spending gone crazy. At one time public figures did have private lives that people respected. Sanford stood up to Obama from the beginning, and did so in a respectful way.

    May 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. JFS

    Citizens of SC.....doesn't this make you feel ...cheap ??? In essence you have told this guy that what he has done to his family, state funded expenses, and the morals of SC voters...is OKAY. You folks have allowed a political party to mock the very soul of South Carolina.

    May 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. byron

    i'm ok with him getting some love... he's human. But do not, I repeat do not sell me this family values, core values, crap the republicas capaign on.

    May 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Heart wants what the heart wants, I may have political differences with Sanford, but his personal life style is his own.

    Sanford, just do what you have to do man, the rest of you, leave the man alone, he paid back the money and should go to jail for using public funds, but he really wants that woman, and I for one say GO FOR IT.

    Better that a picking up men in bathroom stalls.

    May 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. JAB

    How come when it comes to his personal life, the public should get over its obsession, but when it came to him to going on about gays, lesbians, etc, it was okay?
    What a hypocrite!!!!!!

    May 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. pam

    I am sure his sons loved reading about their faters' exploits! Shame on you Sanford. You are a real jerk!

    May 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Good citizen

    Good job republicans; good job!

    May 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. SeanR

    I'm with Kiwi – if she's the one then he should go for it

    May 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. T

    That is on a need to know ......we dont need to know

    May 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. JB

    This man is a true hypocrite. Years ago he was ready to impeach Clinton and run the man out of the White House. However; now that he messed up and cheated on his wife the same rules no longer applies. Now he wants he personal life to stay personal???? Then resign and stop embarrasing the yourself, the office you occupy and your family (children)!!!!! What an idiot!

    May 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. marcia

    He's such a worthless creep. And a senator too!
    Both go well together!!

    May 12, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Mike R

    All I can say is, "like a moth to a flame burned by the fire", the heart wants what it wants.....you go Love Gov!!!!

    May 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Dave954

    Wow, within a week – does it ever end? – Dr. George Rekers (Family Research Council) trots off to Europe with his rent boy, Gov. Sanford trots off to Argentina and the Keys with his mistress....

    These ARE the same people who have made careers of roundly condemning everyone else's behavior, right? This IS the Party of Family Values, right? This IS the elephant in the living room, right?

    Okay, I'm really confused now...

    Oh, wait. Newt was having an affair at the same time he was condemning Clinton....I get it now. Do as I say, not as I do.

    May 12, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Justin

    Wow, I'm sure his kids are just amazingly happy to have him as their dad. All in all, this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a jerk of a man.

    On the political side, he needs to be removed from office. Simple.

    May 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. truth

    I am happy for Sanford. It is nice to know that he has found true love. Go Sanford!

    May 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Susan

    Gotta love those conservative, Bible thumping conservative Republicans for staying true to the devil's path!

    May 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Ho-hum.......

    Why am I not surprised?

    May 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Kathleen

    I don't give a darn what he does with his personel life – but I don't think he should lie about it and put others at risk. The rest of us would be fired if we had pulled something like that with our jobs. And you wonder why people don't have any respect for anything any more.

    May 12, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. dc

    Get your freak on governer, love is in the air. Good luck!

    May 12, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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