Mark Sanford, the one-time South Carolina governor who chose the undeniably better life of living with his Argentinian lover-turned-girlfriend before heading to Washington as a member of the House, announced in a lengthy Facebook post that he and that girlfriend have called off their impending wedding. (Don't worry, they'll still fuck.)
The wealthy congressman moves easily through his South Carolina district, from his plantation home to Kazoobie Kazoos to Larry Toomer of Bluffton to "a heavyset man with a goatee" sipping tequila from a Solo cup. It's not a Flannery O'Connor grotesque. It's the life of cheating hypocrite Mark Sanford.
Almost four years after news broke of his affair with an Argentine woman and just three weeks after he reportedly trespassed in his ex-wife's house, Mark Sanford's remarkable political comeback is complete. On Tuesday night, he defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of Stephen Colbert, in the race to fill South Carolina's vacant 1st Congressional District seat.
What goes on in the mind of Mark Sanford—politician, businessman, lover, poet, creep? On the eve of his attempted political comeback (he's running for congress), the former South Carolina Governor, who disappeared for five days while governor, claiming to be hiking the Appalachian trail, has been accused of trespassing in his ex-wife's house:
Late Tuesday evening, Mark Sanford won the GOP primary runoff to become the Republican Party's official congressional nominee South Carolina's First District. Sanford soundly defeated his opponent, Curtis Bostic, reclaiming the GOP nomination for the House seat he held for three terms prior to being elected governor of South Carolina in 2002.
Remember Mark Sanford? He was the South Carolina governor who disappeared for five days a few years back to go have sex with his Argentine mistress in Buenos Aires but told campaign aides that he was on the Appalachian Trial, doing whatever it is people do when they're on the Appalachian Trail. Anyway, it turns out Sanford was right to abandon his state and wife and family to go have sex in Buenos Aires because now he and the mistress, TV reporter Maria Belen Chapur, are getting married. As CNN reports:
Ever wonder what happened to former South Carolina Governor/paperback romance novel character Mark Sanford? Gothamist spotted him checking his OKCupid profile on the 2 train this afternoon in New York. (Actually probably not, since he's still together with the Argentine TV reporter, María Belén Chapur, with whom he took that fateful trek up the Appalachian Trail.)