Mark Sanford’s “Belen Chapur Junket”

Barely in office for three months, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford received special permission to bring his former mistress – and ostensible fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur – along on a special interest junket to Israel. Sanford received the exemption to take Chapur on the trip from Reps. Mike Conaway of Texas and Linda…

Barely in office for three months, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford received special permission to bring his former mistress – and ostensible fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur – along on a special interest junket to Israel.

Sanford received the exemption to take Chapur on the trip from Reps. Mike Conaway of Texas and Linda Sanchez of California, according to a report in this week’s National Journal. The couple flew to Israel on August 10 and returned eight days later.

“The American Israel Education Foundation spent more than $18,558 to fly Sanford and his fiancée to and from Israel for the weeklong journey,” National Journal reports. “They flew business class, records show, with round-trip flights that cost more than $5,000 apiece. They were part of a delegation of roughly two dozen Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.”

Hmmmm … interesting company.

Also … should we be happy Sanford is no longer blowing tax dollars on such trips? Or upset that he is so quickly trading his influence for free trips with his “soul mate?”

As for the “work” done by the American Israel Education Foundation – a wing of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, D.C. – we would like to remind them of their own leader’s recent statements on the issue of American intervention.

“You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. lawmakers in May 2011. “We defend ourselves.”

Remember that, Sanford. In fact write it down. Then a picture of it. May come in handy later …

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Smirks September 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

He doesn’t need the state plane anymore!

brought his own kettle September 12, 2013 at 8:07 am

Maybe that is even more troubling. That he and the rest of the political ilk so frequently sup at the Special Interest smorgasbord at the ultimate “expense” of their constituents. Now Sanford is even more beholden, because they made him feel like a sophisticated, worldly big boy and let him take his mistress too! I’m sure he is not the first. If he didn’t bring her they would have supplied home with some or he would have been free to pursue….

strike that September 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

him for home

Selah September 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

What an embarrassment. This is what your teenage children are going to see on the news.

Trout R Limited September 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

They know the score.

TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

The barn door has been shut. The barn has been burned down. Weeds have grown in the ashes, only to be replaced by pines, then hardwoods, and then saltwater due to rising sea levels.

friendlies at CNN September 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

It was publicized that he was at a recent CNN party. Sanford-Chapur probably get points for their notoriety and are working it for all they can until they get to their next best thing. CNN will have first news of their marriage as they did for his return from exile interview with Piers, and engagement announcement.
Maybe the kids have CNN “blocked” on their TV?

? September 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

At least we know Belen Chapur won’t be flying Virgin airlines.

bogart September 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Maria Belen Chapur “junkit”………his” junk”….she took care of “it”…..SHALOM.

carrie September 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Great comment

TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Oy vey.

Stinkbait September 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Sanford can still disappoint, but little he does could possibly be a surprise. He has been a disgrace to this state in more ways & more times than anyone could’ve ever imagined. And he continues to do it & we continue to elect him. — gawdamightydamn!!

Bow Wow September 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

The voters in SCs First District voted for this.He is simply acting like he always does.

Sort of like being surprised the Dog buried the bone!

Halfvast Conspirator September 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Ostensibly “private” money spent on this ramble — WhoTF cares who spends it?

Philip Branton September 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Dear Information Assurance Officers at the Charleston Air Force Base,

Does it not cross your minds to ask the question of why Wil Folks did not report on what Mark Sanford went to Israel to discuss instead of reporting on this junket aspect…? How would South American politicos or anyone at Southern Command want to know..? How useful is such information..?

Was Mark Sanford shown the network command center in Israel..?

TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm


Philip Branton September 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

Tonto……..we luv ya……

* hat tip *

Base Info. September 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

There is no longer a Charleston Air Force Base. It has been Joint Base Charleston for more than a year.

Philip Branton September 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Excellent counter….

Fed up Republican September 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The New York Dems. sent Dick Head Weiner and Dick Head Spitzer packing into obscurity.
When will the State Republican Party of Adulterers, Ethics violations, and Immoral Activities send Mark Sanford, Richard Eckstrom, Bob Peeler, Nikki Haley, Bobby Harrell, Harvey Peeler, Ronnie Cromer, Luke Rankin and Hugh Leatherman the same message.
Or do we continue to be the proud party of unethical, immoral, adulterers?

shifty henry September 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

The God of Second Chances, from his vacation home in Barbados, has issued a press release stating that He has no use for those Yankees….

John September 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Good Question!

nitrat September 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Yeah, but the GOPers keep saying they got saved while they continue to sin and sin and sin.
Wasn’t there something about going and sinning no more? Doesn’t apply to this bunch.

TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

TBG remembers the tale an unscrupulous painting contractor, who tried to pull a “fast one” one while painting a church, by watering down the paint. After he finished, lightning struck perilously close to him and a voice boomed from the heavens:

? September 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

So glad to see that god falls on the side of free will. Those predestination people are annoying and can pretty much do anything without fear of retribution.


shifty henry September 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

+5 — very clever, and a new one for me

Dane September 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

All of these pricks need to go! I know them well and they are women using scum, even Haley with her lap dances.
Hello Peeler boys, Ronnie and Luke!

Abe September 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Sanford can’t function without his daily ration of fresh pussy regardless how embarrassing he is. Nobody else in Congress is bringing their girlfriend on this trip. At least this time we’re not paying for it.

Manray September 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Does this say something about the SC GOP or the voters who keep them in office?

Pissed off Republican September 12, 2013 at 12:46 am

Definately the blind sheeple who continue to associate with and vote for this type of person. It does not speak well of those who hang out with, associate with, or vote for people like these!

Reform September 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Sanford and Chapur and those that came before and after are disgusting because it once again reveals how the Congress and government are unto themselves. As an employee in private industry, you are prohibited from taking large gifts from special interests, competing contractors, vendors, etc…. You can not share/leak proprietary or sensitive information to the above parties without dismissal. And as for taking your mistress conveniently turned “fiancee” on a business trip, who later writes an insider piece about the trip… you better be updating your resume. Why do we expect less from our elected officials??? Because they told us so?

odor from the Dead Sea September 12, 2013 at 12:39 am

Chapur was soundly bashed by her countrymen for her weak analysis, bias, as well as her ethics and morality, following the piece she wrote for Infobae.com

Sanford and Chapur are making a name for themselves as a most deserving pair of parasites. C Street is probably delighted to have these two dead-enders in their ranks. But as a conservative I can’t say the same.

Truth be told September 12, 2013 at 12:53 am

You give Sanford, Peeler and Eckstrom, Will Folks and Larry Marchant too much of the attention and credit. Who held a gun to these women and forced them into adultery and their immoral activities?
No One! They made their choices out of their free will. If they had not spred um, it would have been rape.
Give credit where credit is due!
And it is due all of them.

carrie September 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Wonder how the other wives who took the trip felt when Belen showed up w/Sanford. Maybe they love her after meeting her like Mark said everyone will love her when they meet her. Were the wives able to keep their husbands away from her? Hope she did not wear her thong at the hotel pool. We need decent women with good morals to represent USA. Belen proved to be otherwise when she knew he was a father of four young boys and was only interested in what she can get.

nitrat September 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

If they’re good Republican wives like Calista Gingrich and Cindy McCain, it’s a case of been there, done that.
So, I would not expect many of them to have much of a problem with it.

nitrat September 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

When Eric Cantor and his bunch went last year or the year before, didn’t one of the newer members skinny dip in the Dead Sea and it got out?
Honey, honey, Mark’s in The Fellowship/The Family/C Street, they’ve been doing personal proselytizing on the government dime for decades….while they pontificate about their fiscal responsibility.
If they keep calling Maria “the fiancé” much longer, I will barf.
I hope those carpetbagger voters in SC1 who sent this maggot on the taxpayer – and, anyone else he can rip off – back to Congress are proud of themselves.

Manray September 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

It should be illegal for elected officials to accept money or gifts from a foreign power or its agents. No exceptions, no waivers. Yes, of course, it was “private” money — but who was pulling the strings?

Jan September 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

Don’t you know, this is all a good will, thing. People who give money to politicians expect nothing in return.

Jan September 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I told you so.

Thank you lowcountry, for all you do for this state. From forcing us to pay for your bridges to nowhere, your subs from the bottom of the sea, and to renourish the beaches for your impoverished beach house owners, to giving us our best representation in Washington, those of us in the outback salute you.

Manray September 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I was going to say this is unseemly — but after some thought, on the Arrogant Sanford Scale of Unseemliness, it only rates a 3.

shifty henry September 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Sic, can’t you find a better photo of Chapur than this one?

My vote will count September 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

It certainly appears that no one of statesmanship, honor, integrity, honesty,moral fiber, and ethics runs for public office anymore.
They do seem to think they are elected to royalty and we the peasants are there to serve them with our money and vote. They deserve our money more than we and should bow to their frivolity, whims and desire to be worshipped.
Fuck um!
Vote em out!

Manray September 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Vote ’em out? The People just voted him back in!

carrie September 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Apparently Mark knew people would be upset if he told them he was bringing Belen on the trip with him. He carefully did not mention her when he put on his face book that he was going to Israel. He is still playing games-this time with SC voters instead of his ex-wife.

urgent wedding bells? September 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

Yeah, he missed an opportunity to cement a bond with one of his kids who could have accompanied him before school started. Oh, but then Maria Belen Chapur would not have been able to write her Dateline: Israel, “The Middle East on Fire” analysis for InfoBae.com.

carrie September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

Could Mark have written or helped her write that article? Have read her other articles and they were not impressive at all-more like she expressed the opinions that were already expressed by others.
We really do not know her and her background. Her privacy is her way of keeping us from knowing who and what she is. And that is what is scary.

Agatha September 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

Is there an Englsh translation to her article? I’m just curious as to Te obtextof what she wrote although it seems from other posts the reviews are unfavorable. I ind it alo interesting that she mentioned Pope Francis in the article writing some sort about believing in miracles. I find it unnerving and hpcritical that someone insinuates about religion and sounding pious when in hindsight she broke apart a family by carrying an affair with a thn much arrived man that was Mark Sanford. How Christian could that be?

Luke September 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm

He needed to be ‘serviced’ while in Israelobviously. And ohh I read somewhere the fiancée who provided the service wrote about the Israel trip which she posted in some Latin website. Ahhh , she’s starting to enjoy the perks….

Licky McLickerson September 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

She looks tasty to me.

woof September 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

Politicians who make these junkets get to give Benjamin Netanyahu a blow-job. I don’t know what role wives and girl friends play, though. Maybe if their wife or girl friend also gives Bibi a blow-job, the politician gets even more money from the Israel Lobby.

The Lobby let Lindsey G. make a speech at the AIPAC convention a couple of years ago. How many B-Js did he have to give Bibi to get that opportunity?

shifty henry September 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

—-it could be that he doesn’t trust her to be left alone, or vice-versa?

carrie September 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

Mark and Belen were forced to walk on the Red Carpet at CNN bash. That’s what the headlines said at CNN news. Just by reading their faces, the smiles were forced and they appeared to be either uncomfortable or nervous. Other pictures we’ve seen Mark with his ex-wife always show him putting his hand on her shoulder or her arm would be on his arm. There was none of that in this picture.

yes, yes September 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

They do have odd body language but because they are soul-mates they connect on a plane other than the merely physical. Touch is superfluous for them. The spirits tell me they no longer have what is commonly called “sex.”

carrie September 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Your spirits may be right and they may be bored with each other now because the forbidden fruit has turned sour.

Sad Sandlapper September 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks a lot Charleston Republicans. You guys don’t have anything on the New Yorkers. At least they had the good sense to send Spitzer and Weiner packing.

?? September 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Did you read The Charleston Paper as to why Sanford won and those New Yorkers did not?

Sad Sandlapper September 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

No. I did not. I suspect Sanford’s win had something to do with a combination of republican hypocracy and an uninformed electorate, but do enlighten me. I must admit I have not spent much time analyzing the NY Comptroller’s race, but Weiner’s ultimate failure at the ballot box can be traced to voters rejecting his outrageous fettish which completely overshadowed and derailed his campaign just like it cratered his Congressional career.

?? September 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

If you are from SC or better yet from SC 1, I hate to tell you what the reason the author wrote. He had just one reason.

dsmith September 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Israel and it’s lobby is pushing for the US to bomb Syria, which they are saying, according to Antiwar.com, will be the prelude to conning the US to go to war with Iran. All the while Israel sits back on their nuclear stockpile and American supplied F-15s and insist (You know who) do the actual fighting. Yes Israel defends itself with American supplied tanks as long as they are going up against rock throwing populations.

Scooter September 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

He sets a fine example for his four boys?


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