The Associated Press’s Jim Davenport asked Gov. Mark Sanford the question to address what had become the white, or let’s say, tanned elephant in the room. In the midst of bill vetoes and economic development announcements, the public and the press wanted to know if the Florida sighting of Sanford and a dark-haired woman meant that he was back with his Argentine mistress.
In a press conference the day before, Gov’s spokesman said about Sanford trip to Florida – “it was on personal time” and it was private business.
Today, Sanford told reporters that he spent several days with his Argentine lover in Florida. The AP reports that Sanford stated that the trip to see if they could restart their relationship.
It was about this time last year that Sanford’s revelations of his affair with Maria Belen Chapur turned the national spotlight on the governor and later resulted in his censure and fines for his personal use of state funds and resources.
Those revelations also resulted in his divorce.
His ex-wife Jenny has written a tell-all book about their marriage and became a celebrity not “standing by her man” when he admitted that he was in love with Chapur, his “soulmate.” Jenny Sanford is now campaigning for Sanford protegee Nikki Haley in her quest to be governor.