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.
At least this time he's not out on the Appalachia Trail soul searching !
True love will always win out.
No surprise there, he's a sleeze ball! Oh yeah, he's a conservative Christian, NOT!
Hey guv. Don't take her to Arizona.unless she has green card and birth certificate.
Time of these 'family values' guys – Sanford, Ensign(sp?), Craig – to apologize to Clinton. Justice has been dealt. Start apologizing boys .... you guys started it.
Also, I dare them to bring up the 'single woman' issue for Kagan.
geez, just when we were getting used to real news, this will re-ignite the desire of another washed-up politician to shove her tawdry personal life back into our faces!
Silly man. Now that you aren't married, the thrill is gone for your "soul mate". That type of bimbo only likes the excitement of home-wrecking. I'm a dumb blonde and I know that.
At least he was honest about his feelings for his mistress and didn't lie and call her a mistake like all the others do. His former wife divorced him and moved on. He is doing the same. Hope it works out for he and the woman he really loves.
This stuff is great! What a hoot! Republican Family Values. At least, Sanford is out front about it.