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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  • http://monkeystealspeach.blogspot.com/2009/03/definitive-resident-evil-5-post.html Winslowalrob

    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!

  • http://www.myspace.com/quixotic4 G.D.

    I can never tell if you’re joking when you say stuff like this.

  • http://www.postbourgie.com shani-o

    Self hatred isn’t pretty, Winslow.

  • http://monkeystealspeach.blogspot.com/2009/03/definitive-resident-evil-5-post.html Winslowalrob

    Ha, I am joking, I stopped buying into national character and stuff a long time ago. I should have put an exclamation point. I just found

    Self-hatred? My dear Shani, I hate everyone, like Stalin. Sans the mustache!

  • http://monkeystealspeach.blogspot.com/2009/03/definitive-resident-evil-5-post.html Winslowalrob

    Actually this is amongst the proudest moments in my existence. We Argies helped bring down a Republican. It does not get much better than that!

  • http://www.postbourgie.com shani-o


  • ladyfresh

    what are the odds she is a he
    i hear argentina is the land of cosmetic surgery…

    *adds to the fodder*

  • ladyfresh

    i’m still puzzled about that myself
    and on a thursday, fathers day weekend until tuesday

    dude really?

    (although apparently his wife asked him to move out two weeks ago but still…half the country stayed up in their jammies and robes waiting to hear from him by monday night i wanted to slap him with my slipper)

  • http://monkeystealspeach.blogspot.com/2009/03/definitive-resident-evil-5-post.html Winslowalrob

    Ha, though ladyfresh, between columbia, venezuela, brazil, and argentina, there ain’t just one ‘land of cosmetic surgery’.

  • ladyfresh

    colOmbia *ahem*

  • http://monkeystealspeach.blogspot.com/2009/03/definitive-resident-evil-5-post.html Winslowalrob

    doh… how did i miss that?

  • http://monkeystealspeach.blogspot.com/2009/03/definitive-resident-evil-5-post.html Winslowalrob

    I just found out that the women in question is a neighbor of my aunt and uncle (they both live on Republica de India… ladyfresh, check my spelling :)). Maybe I will try to get an autograph in the future.

  • ladyfresh

    shake that womans hand!