April 3rd, 2013
04:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Sanford says fiancée surprised him at victory event

(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who carried out an extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur while in office, told CNN in an interview Wednesday he was "completely" surprised when Chapur - now his fiancée - showed up to appear with him the night before when he claimed victory in the runoff for the GOP nomination for his old U.S. House seat.

Sanford was appearing on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."


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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. B

    Gee Donna, I went searching the archives for a similar comment from you defending Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer or BIll Clinton . Darned if I can find one.

    April 3, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Really

    South Carolina would elect Kim Jong Un if he had an "R" after his name.

    April 3, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. tony

    a paragraph of fluff for the political section I see! 🙂

    April 3, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Amanofmeansbynomeans

    This is a prime example of a politician that's known no rock he couldn't crawl under, or out of. What a snake.

    April 3, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Bummer !!!! He was probably planning to cheat on her and she blew it for him !!

    April 3, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein

    I don't understand why the people of his district are considering him. He can't really be a social conservative because he cheated on his wife (from someone outside country no less).

    April 3, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The way you surprised your wife and constituents?

    April 4, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. sisterchef

    An amazing degree of stupidity on his part, and on the part of the voters.

    April 4, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
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