Mark Sanford: I was surprised when my mistress-turned-fiancee showed up at my victory speech last night

posted at 8:41 pm on April 3, 2013 by Allahpundit

The boss emeritus was all over this last night.

He claims in the vid below that she surprised him, but c’mon. Would Sanford really not have given you-know-who some instructions either way on whether it was kosher for her to show up? I can see the arguments for and against. For: The voters are going to have to get used to the idea of them being together at some point. Why not now? Seeing them together and happy might help heal some of the wounds and remind skeptics that it wasn’t a meaningless affair but a true romance. If his sons can accept her, kinda sorta, why can’t they? Con: Er, why would you invite your homewrecking mistress to your home district before you’ve won the seat? Democrats will have endless fun with it, especially since Jenny Sanford remains extremely popular locally. Having Chapur there onstage instead of her only reminds the public of the wrong done to her. And who knows if Sanford’s sons really accept her or not? If Michelle thought they ended up looking like props, surely plenty of SC-1 voters did too. How awful.

The answer, I think, is that he did want her there. As noted yesterday, he’s trying to turn this election into a referendum on his own redemption. Having her there suggests that he’s been redeemed personally by love; now he needs the voters to redeem him professionally by resurrecting his career. And the fact that they’re still together four years later suggests subtly that he’s still capable of commitment even after his prior betrayal. You can trust him now, see? Good enough for an R+11 district, no?


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I believe him.

RickB on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Hey, it’s all good. If he were a democrat, no one would be talking about his inability to keep it zipped. It’d be a resume enhancement.

Make the other side live up (or down) to their own standards (or lack thereof).

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Something like this happened to Bill Clinton..

Hillary returned.

Electrongod on April 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Someone is an attention whore. Welcome to America.

ctmom on April 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM

With the divorce rate at 50% and up, many people are disqualified from running for public office.

Or is the issue here the “in your face” infidelity?

BubbaCluck on April 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Having been in a marriage with a woman who turned out to be a raving lunatic, I don’t fault him. The lying part, however, is inexcusable.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

sorry, he’s weird

james23 on April 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I think she seems sweet!

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

My heart aches for the Sanford boys. Painful.

I have to agree with Malkin on this. The situation is terribly sad. Adultery is sad, but it happens – BUT, it is always the children that suffer the most in these situations. It is difficult to trust, or like a man who would do this to his young children – the mistress showing up last night just rubbed salt in everybody’s wounds. If mistress-girl was not expected, it begs the question; Why would she show up and make a spectacle of herself, of the both of them, with cameras rolling, and the kids present? Definitely MORE poor judgement (at the least) on her part, for sure.

Pork-Chop on April 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Good enough for an R+11 district, no?

Yes. Good enough.

Curtiss on April 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

He should have the libertarian/atheist vote locked up completely, degeneracy and lack of morals is their credo and their motto is, if it feels good, do it, let someone else pay for it.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

What a busy body nanny article.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The Dems have no business making a big deal out of any of it, given who they’ve defended in the past.

Not a great choice for folks in that district, but better him than a Colbert family member.

changer1701 on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Let me change that a bit “libertarian” The few hundred or so real libertarians deserve better.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Having Chapur there onstage instead of her only reminds the public of the wrong done to her.

Ugh, I hate to defend him but as a reformed marriage counselor I would argue infidelity is usually a symptom of a bad marriage not the disease per se. I have a hard time with the idea one spouse is a complete victim in a failed marriage but society seems pretty wedded to that idea particularly when there is infidelity involved.

msmveritas on April 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

How long until she’s photographed in a “compromising” position with a Duke athlete? HAW HAW HAW HAW

Jeddite on April 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

With the divorce rate at 50% and up, many people are disqualified from running for public office.

BubbaCluck on April 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Good think the Reverend Michelle Malkin and the Reverend Allah pundit weren’t around when Ronald Reagan ran for President.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

msmveritas on April 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I disagree, I believe usually the men are the victims of “liberated” women in marriage. They use the completely biased divorce system to abuse the men in the marriage. Frequent threats of divorce and taking half, or more as leverage.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Would it have been OK is she was ugly???

redguy on April 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Having been in a marriage with a woman who turned out to be a raving lunatic, I don’t fault him. The lying part, however, is inexcusable.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

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I’ll have to concede to being ‘in the dark’ on this matter.

What is the reported nature of the ex-wife’s “raving lunacy?”

listens2glenn on April 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Love Malkin but this stick in the mud thing is tedious. I’d showcase that woman in a heart-beat. They seem to genuinely be in love.

AYNBLAND on April 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Would it have been OK is she was ugly???

redguy on April 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

The uproar from the pews would probably be both a lot less nosy and a lot less noisy.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

What a busy body nanny article.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

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Aw c’mon ……. what’s wrong with tabloid stories about politicians, at HotAir?

listens2glenn on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

They seem to genuinely be in love.

AYNBLAND on April 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Now what kind of proper marriage would that be?

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

With the divorce rate at 50% and up, many people are disqualified from running for public office.

BubbaCluck on April 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

That is made up by a smaller number of repeat divorcees. It is actually closer to 70% of all people who marry, remain faithful for life.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Come on.

She showed up because she an incredible makeover and Sanford wants to show off how hot this broad now looks.

The more visible she is, the better his numbers.

budfox on April 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Love Malkin but this stick in the mud thing is tedious. I’d showcase that woman in a heart-beat. They seem to genuinely be in love.

AYNBLAND on April 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

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They’re definitely, genuinely “in heat” at this time.
Give ‘em a couple more years to prove the ‘true love’ reality.

listens2glenn on April 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Aw c’mon ……. what’s wrong with tabloid stories about politicians, at HotAir?

listens2glenn on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

We just need a little truth in advertizing, that’s all. HotAir should have a spin off called HotGossip and/or HotDamnation.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

This whole deal is just terrible. Mark Sanford was very highly thought of and then went sideways. Let a whole lot of people down esp his family.

Funny if this was a dem and we were on a dem communist website there would not be such an outcry. Conservatives seem to have something called intellectual honesty.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Hey, it’s all good. If he were a democrat, no one would be talking about his inability to keep it zipped. It’d be a resume enhancement.

Make the other side live up (or down) to their own standards (or lack thereof).

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

well yes, but thats because democrats don’t demonize ppl for adultery like republicans do and therefore are not hypocrites

whereas republicans love to play the morality card, and therefore if that is your brand, then you need to abide by it

nonpartisan on April 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Funny if this was a dem and we were on a dem communist website there would not be such an outcry. Conservatives seem to have something called intellectual honesty.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

You guys are way better than me. Guess I’m not as intellectually honest, but this doesn’t bother me that much.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I guess Mark Sanford can’t do anything without being attacked by haters on their high horses. Just let the man be.

SoulGlo on April 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Would it have been OK is she was ugly???

redguy on April 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

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The uproar from the pews would probably be both a lot less nosy and a lot less noisy.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

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That’s why I became a Christian. I wanted to get in on the “ministry of judgement”.

It’s a great gig ! … All you have to do is go around pointing your finger at other people, and judging them !

I can’t get enough of it, I tell ya’.

listens2glenn on April 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Does anyone else hear that squealing noise?

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I’m genuinely conflicted on this one, and for a couple reasons.

On one hand, we need all the conservative-voting R seats we can get.
On another hand, what Sanford did was wrong, and I’m not sure that marrying your mistress after a divorce shows repentance. Furthermore, voting for him shows that you can have your cake and eat it too (You can commit a wrong, but not have it affect your public standing – Bill Clinton Syndrome).

That is made up by a smaller number of repeat divorcees. It is actually closer to 70% of all people who marry, remain faithful for life.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

This is quite true.

Othniel on April 3, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Lose, you scumbag. Lose and return to the sludge you came from.

Living4Him5534 on April 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Only an idiot would marry a man after being his sancha.

Once a cheater, always a cheater.

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

You guys are way better than me. Guess I’m not as intellectually honest, but this doesn’t bother me that much.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I am really conflicted. I don’t live in SC but used to really respect Sanford. He didn’t just eff up, which we all do, he went crazy. Then to sit and go on and on about “soul mate” while Jenny was around was too much.
With that said, from a political stand point I trust his judgment better than virtually any dem EVER. They showed their ass very brightly on Obamacare and many other issues.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

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well yes, but thats because democrats don’t demonize ppl for adultery like republicans do and therefore are not hypocrites

whereas republicans love to play the morality card, and therefore if that is your brand, then you need to abide by it

nonpartisan on April 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

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Character is ALWAYS an issue. Adultery is ALWAYS an indication of character (or lack thereof).
Not all divorce is the result of adultery (did Ronaldus Magnus commit adultery?).

But in this case, we all know otherwise . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . So, I’m “judging” him.

HEY ! ….. Governor SANFORD ! . . . . . . . . . you are SOOO … JUDGED !

listens2glenn on April 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Make Sanford is the best

GW_SS-Delta on April 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Ugh, I hate to defend him but as a reformed marriage counselor I would argue infidelity is usually a symptom of a bad marriage not the disease per se

Adultery, while immoral, isn’t why he was censured. He was censured because he went AWOL.

eaglescout_1998 on April 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Oh, well. She looks better than Monica Lewinsky. If you’re going to beclown yourself, “might as well hang for a sheep as for a lamb”.

ddrintn on April 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Ugh, I hate to defend him but as a reformed marriage counselor I would argue infidelity is usually a symptom of a bad marriage not the disease per se

Maybe the marriage is bad because there is cheating going on!

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

They seem to genuinely be in love.
AYNBLAND on April 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM
Now what kind of proper marriage would that be?
VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Oh how sweet.

Of course if it was candidate Jenny Sanford the race would be over.
I loved her interview with I think it was ABC’s Diane Sawyer where she said after his comeback speech he called her and excitedly said “How’d I do?!” and then Jenny rolled her eyes. In fact rivals NBC liked that so much they’ve played it over and over.

Marcus on April 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Wonder who she leaves him for and how long it will take?

Philly on April 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

A woman, identified only as “you-know-who” by the ever vigilant for sin tribunal HotDamnation, has been found guilty of the grievous sin of adultery and must wear a scarlet A on her forehead as a sign of shame. Furthermore, she must stand on the HotDamnation scaffold for 24 hours, exposed to public humiliation. As the woman, identified only as “you-know-who” by the ever vigilant for sin tribunal HotDamnation approaches the scaffold, many of the women, and many of the Gay men, in the crowd are made even more angry by her beautiful and cheerful face.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

well yes, but thats because democrats don’t demonize ppl for adultery like republicans do and therefore are not hypocrites

whereas republicans love to play the morality card, and therefore if that is your brand, then you need to abide by it

noforeskin on April 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

…yes we know!…Barney Frank could bend you over on stage….with the MSM looking on…and you would be screaming…”LOOK!…he loves me!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I have met Jenny. Though I cannot tell you what Brother Mark did was right, I can say that I understand.

I get it that Malkin and Coulter and all the rest don’t care for him, and that is cool – but remember what Reagan said:

Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican

Seems that the Democrats got that message and applied it to thier own – which is why we will probably end up with another Clinton in the White House.

Sanford has a proven track record of conservatism. Some in the GOP just don’t like that.

famous amos on April 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

and many of the Gay men, in the crowd are made even more angry by her beautiful and cheerful face.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Oh is that it? He’s going to go to DC and big a big big “traditional marriage between a man and a woman” supporter? Well that’s exactly what the gay marriage supporters hope. It’s actually going to be quite funny, the guy is going to be as popular as Mark Foley was and the left would certainly hope he has the same damper on Republicans for the 2014 midterms.

Marcus on April 3, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Ugh, I hate to defend him but as a reformed marriage counselor I would argue infidelity is usually a symptom of a bad marriage not the disease per se. I have a hard time with the idea one spouse is a complete victim in a failed marriage but society seems pretty wedded to that idea particularly when there is infidelity involved.

msmveritas on April 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Interesting. Moral relativism. Or behavior excusing and diminishment of responsibility.

Whatever happened to being in a bad situation and extracting oneself or dealing with it rather than behaving in a inexcusable manner and then trying to “spread the blame” around.

This is what 40+ years of liberal indoctrination has given us, folks.

kim roy on April 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Scumbag with a capital S. I bet John Edwards is waiting in the wings to see how this plays out. Sigh.

scalleywag on April 3, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Only an idiot would marry a man after being his sancha.

Once a cheater, always a cheater.

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Well, if that were the case, then would we not expect him to have cheated with other women during his twenty year marriage?

So, where are these women?

JohnGalt23 on April 3, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Only an idiot would marry a man after being his sancha.

Once a cheater, always a cheater.

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

“When you marry your mistress, you create a job vacancy”.
- James Goldsmith

kim roy on April 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Well, if that were the case, then would we not expect him to have cheated with other women during his twenty year marriage?

So, where are these women?

JohnGalt23 on April 3, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Probably didn’t get caught the other times.

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I applaud his judgement. Marriage is not a life sentence. It seem his previous marriage didn’t fit. That’s the way it goes. Sometime the easiest thing to do is stay in the marriage. That’s not good for anyone.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

He should have the libertarian/atheist vote locked up completely, degeneracy and lack of morals is their credo and their motto is, if it feels good, do it, let someone else pay for it.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

You must be a sad person to bring this up out of nowhere. Not only is what you said wrong but it has nothing to do with the story.

rndmusrnm on April 3, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Is that kid in the purple in the second pic up there his son? Is that boy the same one in the green in the first pic?

Shudder. What body language. Yeah, Boss Malkin is just a prude.

Marcus on April 3, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Marriage is not a life sentence. It seem his previous marriage didn’t fit. That’s the way it goes. Sometime the easiest thing to do is stay in the marriage. That’s not good for anyone.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

So where do YOU stand on gay marriage?

Marcus on April 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Probably didn’t get caught the other times.

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

And I’m sure nobody looked.

Especially after that press conference.

/doireallyneedit

JohnGalt23 on April 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Only an idiot would marry a man after being his sancha.

Once a cheater, always a cheater.

terryannonline on April 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

That an old wive’s tale. I did exactly what Sanford did 25 years ago and have been happily married to my co-adulterer since. You only get one shot.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

You only get one shot.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Apparently not.

;-)

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Ick. What a nasty little narcissist this fella is.

And she’s hot. So…he’s pretty rich, huh?

Rational Thought on April 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Maybe she doesn’t trust him.

SouthernGent on April 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Kinda hetero, as HA posts go of late. Cause for concern?

wolfsDad on April 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

I applaud his judgement. Marriage is not a life sentence. It seem his previous marriage didn’t fit. That’s the way it goes. Sometime the easiest thing to do is stay in the marriage. That’s not good for anyone.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

You’re not wrong but you aren’t correct either.

If your marriage doesn’t fit, the exiting is pretty much where judgement is the most important. Abandoning your job responsibilities and family to sneak off to another continent is not good judgement. It shows a lack of integrity that has nothing to do with whether or not he should have stayed in the marriage.

And BTW, sometimes just because the marriage isn’t a fit for you that doesn’t mean the right thing to do is to leave. The unfaithful bastard has kids. Their needs are more important than getting some Argentine tail.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

He isn’t the worst of men, but he doesn’t belong in the leadership class. He’s a climber, a user, and a flake. He isn’t honorable.

SarahW on April 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Also I don’t think he’s all that bright or perceptive.

SarahW on April 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Voters in the SC 1st CD have been asking each other, but still cannot determine just who it was who asked for all the advice from well-meaning, but decidedly ignorant, outsiders.

So far it almost seems as if a bunch of busybodies just inserted themselves into the race. In fact, there were quite a few bloggers who had never even heard Curtis Bostic’s name until 8:00 a.m. two weeks ago Wednesday, but nevertheless seemed to know enough to endorse him by 8:05 – and are absolutely amazed that the “stupid” voters didn’t accept their ignorant advice at face value.

Some of you act as if no one in the district had heard about Sanford’s scandal. Believe me, it was pretty well covered locally. Shucks, we got TV and interwebs and even flush toilets, but thanks for caring, bless your hearts.

The FACT is the district knows both guys pretty darned well, including their professional careers, their political careers, and their community activities, and made an informed decision (I know that’s something new to most of you, look it up, mmmkay?) not to “punish” Sanford by sending the big-spending establishment tool to DC to make things worse for the country.

If that offends some of you, well, as Grandma used to say, “I expect you’ll either get over it, or die from it.”

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Odd how the Ten Commandments momentarily evaporate in the minds of some when it comes to politics.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Be not deceived neighbors, no civil “marriage” certificate will validate Mr Sanfords adultery, though every authority in the U.S were to endorse the union. The heartbreaking fact, is that the western apostate “church” will fully support this mans unlawful adulterous “marriage”. Hopefully Mrs Sanford will find a genuine saint, and witness for the truth, to encourage her to remain faithful to her wayward husband, in hopes of rescuing his soul.

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.(Luk 16:18)

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
(Rom 7:2-3)

Jude4 on April 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Children, meet your new stepmother.

unclesmrgol on April 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

The simplest theory is usually the correct one: Sanford is lying about being “surprised”.

Remember, it’s not just Mark Sanford in this campaign. Like all candidates, he is surrounded by paid staffers, unpaid advisers, volunteers and friends. He consulted with some or all of them and asked her to be there. I don’t live in the district, but she doesn’t seem like someone who would crash a party. Argentines, particularly women, tend to be fairly stoic and reserved – the hideous she-beast Cristina Kirchner being one of the horrible exceptions.

NealK on April 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Hey, it’s all good. If he were a democrat, no one would be talking about his inability to keep it zipped. It’d be a resume enhancement.

Make the other side live up (or down) to their own standards (or lack thereof).

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I recognize the Alinsky allusion, but I don’t see how Sanford can benefit from it. More likely the Democrats will try to benefit from Republican moral standards, by calling Christian conservatives in the district, posing as fellow conservatives, and saying, “How can we as Christians support a candidate who is notorious for his adultery and is now parading his mistress around?”

J.S.K. on April 4, 2013 at 1:01 AM

This man is a pig. I feel bad for his children.

bluegill on April 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Adjoran on April 3, 2013 at 11:31 PM

God you sound like a pompous jerk.
I’m glad I have Joe Barton and Ted Cruz to be proud of. You have Sanford. And “shucks” “bless your heart” now your “local coverage” is guaranteed to go national, big time.

Marcus on April 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

God you sound like a pompous jerk.
I’m glad I have Joe Barton and Ted Cruz to be proud of. You have Sanford. And “shucks” “bless your heart” now your “local coverage” is guaranteed to go national, big time.

Marcus on April 4, 2013 at 1:09 AM

My apologies for not kow-towing to your self-righteous and self-important posturing, and for suggesting those who know both candidates well might know more about them than some meddling bluenose.

For several years the biggest-selling bumper sticker in Charleston was “We don’t CARE how you did it up north!”

How many spending measures have Barton and Cruz ever stopped, put together?

Adjoran on April 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

I’m certain he’s just setting her up for murder, with a drunken drive off a bridge, into a river… Positively Kennedy Presidential.

2Tru2Tru on April 4, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Sanford’s a liar and a scumbag, but, you know, he’s a politician. Nevertheless, the interviewer was a dweeb for asking the question in the first place. What a hack.

HiJack on April 4, 2013 at 6:23 AM

That an old wive’s tale. I did exactly what Sanford did 25 years ago and have been happily married to my co-adulterer since. You only get one shot.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

You mean, you snuck down to Argentina to have an affair with a local while abandoning your responsibilities to your electorate and then lied about the whole thing when you got caught? I had no idea there were so many of your lying kind still pumping air.

HiJack on April 4, 2013 at 6:30 AM

“Traditional Marriage”.

celticdefender on April 4, 2013 at 6:31 AM

This man is a pig…

bluegill on April 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

…then he’s a good father figure…for you!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2013 at 7:20 AM

What a busy body nanny article.

VorDaj on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

VorDaj is an adulterer? Who knew?

Either that or just a fool.

No one is talking about govt oppressing or regulating adulterers here.

itsnotaboutme on April 4, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Anyone who admires Brad and/or Angelina but criticizes Sanford is a hypocrite.

Including media outlets.

itsnotaboutme on April 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM

You know,I get it.Sanford did a really bad thing.He asked God and the voters for forgiveness.He won.He is a bona fide conservative,not some squishy RINO.So why are conservative pundits determined to put a liberal Democrat into a GOP+11 seat?

redware on April 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I applaud his judgement. Marriage is not a life sentence. It seem his previous marriage didn’t fit. That’s the way it goes. Sometime the easiest thing to do is stay in the marriage. That’s not good for anyone.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

“Til death do us part.”

Promises, contracts? They mean nothing to you.

I feel sorry for your relatives. And anyone who business with you.

Fool, if you’re selfish enough to want another wife, at least divorce the first one first before chasing the next victim.

itsnotaboutme on April 4, 2013 at 7:28 AM

I’d hit it.

Good Lt on April 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

He tried to hide her with elaborate lies. Her ‘surprise’ is a repeat of how people were introduced to her the first time. He was trying to hide her. The voters are being reminded there is big trouble in his personal life. It spilled over to how he handled his affairs while in office. It’s relevant news, imo.

dbrhmccrtr on April 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Coochi Coochi!

MNHawk on April 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

You must be a sad person to bring this up out of nowhere. Not only is what you said wrong but it has nothing to do with the story.

rndmusrnm on April 3, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Fits quite well into the story, as well as most comments here about what his chances of winning the general should be, or what his chances of winning the primary should have been.
I am a perfectly happy person. By the way, you say what I said is wrong, but what of it is wrong? He should be a hero to those people.

astonerii on April 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I disagree, I believe usually the men are the victims of “liberated” women in marriage. They use the completely biased divorce system to abuse the men in the marriage. Frequent threats of divorce and taking half, or more as leverage.

astonerii on April 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

You are correct. Marriage counselors often abet this travesty.

dogsoldier on April 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

How many spending measures have Barton and Cruz ever stopped, put together?

Adjoran on April 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Uh-huh.

Well Drudge is reporting that Obama is fundraising with “I need Pelosi as speaker, to get so much more done” so I hope Sanford wins. And after Romney lost I was of the opinion the Republicans were never going to win nationally again unless immigration reform went through and their opposition to gay marriage was dropped. And you have to admit: Sanford in the Congress hands that last thing to the Dems on a silver platter. So …. I’m cool.

Marcus on April 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Yes, Mark. And you really were on the Applachian Trail hiking.

kens on April 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Ugh, I hate to defend him but as a reformed marriage counselor I would argue infidelity is usually a symptom of a bad marriage not the disease per se. I have a hard time with the idea one spouse is a complete victim in a failed marriage but society seems pretty wedded to that idea particularly when there is infidelity involved.

msmveritas on April 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Nope. That might be true if there were no honorable method available for one to leave a “bad marriage”. But there is. All it required was for Mark Sanford to pull on his big boy pants, look his wife in the eye, and tell her he wanted a divorce…. BEFORE he decided to whip it out.

Sanford’s “redemption” campaign is baloney. If the guy was truly sorry for the misery he caused to his wife and his children, he wouldn’t be putting them through it again. And there’s NO EXCUSE for abandoning his post like he did when he was governor. None. People in the real world get fired for stuff like that.

Yeah… adultery IS a symptom. But it’s a symptom of something alot more complex than a “bad marriage”. It’s a symptom of narcissism, poor character, and cowardice. And while it certainly is possible for someone to turn it around and recover from those personal deficiencies, it’s easy enough to see that Mark Sanford has not. If he had, he wouldn’t be anywhere near a TV camera, running for office, and parading his mistress before the people he hurt, the ones who should have been able to trust him the most.

South Carolina deserves better. And so do we all.

Murf76 on April 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

That an old wive’s tale. I did exactly what Sanford did 25 years ago and have been happily married to my co-adulterer since. You only get one shot.

rik on April 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I did too. And longer ago than you did. The difference is… that I have spent all this time learning to do BETTER. I recognized my faults, addressed them honestly, worked hard to repair them. That’s how I know this guy is LYING about his so-called “redemption”. He wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing now if he had. He wouldn’t be willing to cause any more pain or embarrassment to his former wife, and he’d be spending this time instead trying to be a better father to his children.

Murf76 on April 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Would it have been OK is she was ugly???

redguy on April 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

No, it would have been ok if he’d divorced his wife before screwing around on her… but how pretty she is/isn’t wouldn’t matter IMO.

The problem isn’t that his marriage didn’t work; it’s that he lied, cheated, and screwed over people he promised to cherish and protect for personal gain… and now we want to put him in Congress?

Well that’s ok, he’s only got a history of… lying, cheating, and screwing over people who trust him for his own personal benefit. How can that go wrong?

gekkobear on April 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

boss emeritus needs to get a life if this is even on her radar.

burserker on April 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM