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By FITSNews || Meet Clay Boardman … he’s the successful CEO of a prominent Augusta, Georgia venture capital firm and a former petroleum executive with a long and distinguished civic resume.

He’s also a part-time resident of Sullivans Island, S.C. and is reportedly the new love interest of former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford.

Mrs. Sanford and Boardman were spotted together at the Masters’ golf tournament in Augusta last week and multiple sources have now confirmed to FITS that he is the individual who was referenced anonymously in a recent report on WLTX TV-19 (CBS – Columbia, SC).

In addition to our sources, FITS has also obtained property records indicating that Boardman owns a home located just down the Street from Mrs. Sanford’s Sullivans Island, S.C. residence – records which correspond with information contained in the WLTX report.

According to his company’s website, Boardman is the “immediate past President of Historic Augusta, Inc., Vice-Chairman of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Chairman of the Georgia Health Sciences University Foundation, a board member of the Georgia Cities Foundation, member of the Paine College Board of Trustees, and numerous other civic and corporate boards.”

His firm, Augusta Capital, focuses primarily on real estate deals and has had a hand in many restorative projects in Augusta.

In addition his many civic and social affiliations, Boardman is a member at Augusta National Golf Club, where the Masters’ is held each April.

Sources tell FITS that Boardman and Mrs. Sanford have been dating for a few weeks and are “taking things slow.”

Mrs. Sanford’s divorce from her husband, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, was finalized in March.  She filed for divorce in December after attempts to reconcile their 20-year marriage failed.

Sanford made international headlines last June when he disappeared from the state for a week following the 2009 legislative session.  After lying about his whereabouts when local politicians noticed his absence, he eventually admitted traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina and meeting with his lover, Maria Belen Chapur.

In the ensuing media feeding frenzy, numerous violations of state ethics law by Sanford were uncovered, and the governor was forced to repay part of the tab for a 2008 taxpayer-funded trip that appears to have been arranged for the sole purpose of enabling him to visit Chapur.

Sanford was formally censured by lawmakers for his conduct, and agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines as a result of his ethics violations.

Augusta Capital (Clay Boardman’s Company)

UPDATE I: Like Sanford, Boardman is divorced.  He has three children from his marriage …

UPDATE II: This story is all over the mainstream media now as Mrs. Sanford has confirmed the relationship.