Well That Explains Everything.

Why was Mark Sanford in Argentina?  Apparently, he was having an affair (via Politico):

South Carolina GOP Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday to an affair, and resigned his position as chair of the Republican Governor’s Association following a strange week in which the governor dropped off the grid and could not be located.

“I have been unfaithful to my wife. I developed a relationship with what started out as a dear, dear friend from Argentina,” Sanford said.

“I’m a bottom line kind of guy I’m just gonna lay it out. It’s gonna hurt and I’m going to let the chips fall where they may,” Sanford said.

Sanford apologized to his wife, Jenny, and his children. “To Jenny, anybody who has observed her over the last 40 year of my life knows how closely she has stood by my side in campaign, after campaign, after campaign,” he said.

“I’ve let down a lot of people, and that’s the bottom line,” he said.

And that’s it for your daily dose of meaningless political gossip.


Jamelle Bouie is a writer for Slate. He has also written for The Daily Beast, The American Prospect and The Nation. His work centers on politics, race, and the intersection of the two.

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  • This is why I never trust Argentine women. Or men.

  • quadmoniker

    I still don’t understand why he thought it wouldn’t be a problem to just disappear. All you have to do is watch every television drama ever made to know that when you’re having an affair, you’re on a “work trip.” I’m sure there’s some faux-Republican Governor in Latin America conference he could have been not attending. Right?

  • ladyfresh

    i blame tom jones and viagara for these debacles. lets ban them… no wait i like tom…ok just viagara

  • devessel


    I’m still trying to figure out why the local paper actually knew about it for months but didn’t break the story. It’s almost as if they wanted the exclusive ‘gotcha’ moment at Hartsfeld all to themselves!