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With his wife out of the picture, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is contemplating bringing his Argentine lover, Maria Belen Chapur, to South Carolina to live with him in the Governor’s Mansion, sources tell FITS.

The move would not occur for several weeks, however, as what’s left of the governor’s “adoring public” still believes that he is working on his marriage to S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford.

That myth was exploded last week, however, when the First Lady moved herself and the couple’s four boys out of the Governor’s Mansion, and then followed the move with a statement that referenced “healing our family” but made no mention of the governor. Additionally, as reported first on FITS, reports indicate that Mrs. Sanford adjusted the timing of the move to attract media attention to the fact that she was leaving her husband.

Clearly the Sanfords’ marriage is over, although due to political considerations the governor is not yet ready to acknowledge that reality – and to begin dating Chapur publicly.

The public shift from Jenny Sanford to Maria will “take time,” according to a source close to Sanford, who confirmed reports that the governor has maintained “intimate contact” with his Argentine lover from the moment the scandal broke seven weeks ago.

Mrs. Sanford is said to have discovered evidence of this ongoing “intimate contact” shortly after the couple returned from a five-day trip to Texas last month where they were supposed to be focused on reconciling their relationship.

In an infamous Associated Press interview the week after his scandal broke, Sanford professed that Chapur was his “soul mate” but that he would try to “fall back in love” with his wife.

Apparently, he didn’t try very hard …