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Mark Sanford: The Second Implosion

“LUV GOV” IS BACK …  Some people really can’t leave well-enough alone … At the very moment his political career appeared to be firmly back on track, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford went and blew himself up … again. In a rambling Facebook post published late Friday, the former two-term South…

“LUV GOV” IS BACK … 

Some people really can’t leave well-enough alone …

At the very moment his political career appeared to be firmly back on track, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford went and blew himself up … again.

In a rambling Facebook post published late Friday, the former two-term South Carolina governor called off his two-year engagement with former lover Maria Belen Chapur, blaming the demise of their relationship on his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

On the surface, the move appeared well-grounded … as Jenny Sanford, the former first lady, was badly overplaying her hand in seeking revenge on her ex-husband.

But just when public opinion appeared to be turning in his favor, Sanford’s penchant for excessive sharing – which compounded his infamous 2009 scandal – once again reared its ugly head. The former governor’s chronic narcissism got the best of him – manifesting itself in a 2,400-word “emotional manifesto” that laid out in excruciating detail the current status of his various personal relationships.

How excruciating?

“In all life there comes a point wherein lines must be drawn in the way that we attempt to respond in ways that don’t invite more in the way of conflict and add more in the way of modeling Christ’s humility in giving in every instance,” Sanford wrote. “I’ll never get that mix right, none of us do, but I believe it’s what we are to pursue in all of our responses to the inevitable reality of conflict in our lives.”

Oh boy …

The former governor then proceeded – step by painful step – to walk his readers through the history of his legal wrangling with his ex-wife, the current status of his relationship with each of his children and, of course, the status of his engagement with Chapur.

“No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement,” Sanford wrote. “Maybe there will be another chapter when waters calm with Jenny, but at this point the environment is not conducive to building anything given no one would want to be caught in the middle of what’s now happening. Belen is a remarkably wonderful woman who I have always loved and I will be forever grateful for not only the many years we have known and loved each other, but the last six very tough ones wherein she has encouraged me and silently borne its tribulations with her ever warm and kind spirit.”

The reaction to Sanford’s tome was swiftly – and seismically – negative.

One commentator referred to him as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-TMI).  And that was one of the nicer responses.

Almost immediately, questions began to be raised about Sanford’s mental health – which, ironically, was one of the issues he hoped his manifesto would address.

Then things got worse, with the first of what we’re told are two bombshells dropping …

Chapur, the woman who stood by Sanford (in a gorgeous Donna Karen dress) the night he completed his remarkable political resurrection last spring, gave an interview with The New York Times  in which she said she was caught off guard by Sanford’s Facebook post.

“I learned it from the press today,” Chapur told the paper on Saturday.

Uh-oh … that hardly sounds like a “mutual” announcement.

The article also revealed that Sanford – who recently spent a week with Chapur in Paris – had attempted to put off their marriage for another two years.

“That’s why I wrote to him, ‘I had a spectacular week, you know I love you, but I don’t want to continue in the category of mistress, and if we continue like this I continue in that category, and I can’t bear it anymore. It has been really painful to me,'” Chapur told the Times .

Ouch …

But is it really the Sanfords’ ongoing divorce that led the former “Luv Gov” to take such drastic action?  Or has the woman he described as his “soul mate” – whose tan lines he praised, whose curvaceous hips he extolled and whose breasts he longed to see being held “in the faded glow of night’s light” – been replaced?

Stay tuned …

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53 comments

james potter September 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

I am more concerned on whether the taxpayers paid for the Paris trip as part of a Congressional junket. He just got back from Chine, I think, on the taxpayer’s dime.

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Hsert September 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

Not to mention Chapur joined him in a congressional junket to Israel sometime last year.

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nitrat September 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Yes. He had the gall to ask Eric Cantor, who had to get permission from the wives so that his mistress could go with them.
All you old bags in SC1 who vote for this maggot, put yourself in the place of those wives who were forced to go with the home wrecker. Would your husband go along like those other GOP congressmen did?

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aikencounty September 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

So, the tart had a new pool of potential fish in a captive audience?

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potters folly September 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

Dumbass if you would get off your lazy trollish ass that information would be easy to access.If you are going to accuse Sanford of a crime why don’t you use your real name?

We know why….you are a liar.

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Smirks September 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

There’s nothing more enjoyable than to watch an absolute sham of a human being like Sanford attempt to use religion to pretend like he’s humbling himself before the people so they can give him a great paying job that doesn’t require actual work and comes with power and great benefits for himself to use and abuse.

He’s basically the epitome of an internet troll, but in the real world.

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Bill September 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

He is pathetic taker, who has been living on the backs of the taxpayer for so long he does not know how to do anything else; if he ever did. The voters of this state are like a battered spouse, always coming up with excuses for not leaving the SOB. Unfortunately those of us who cannot vote for or against him are forced by his battered constituency to suffer the embarrassment of having this man call himself a congressman from SC. Just one more reason SC remains a national laughing stock.

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Manray September 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

What? He can’t be a “taker!” He’s a well-to-do frat boy guy Republican! They’re not “takers!” “Takers” are black or Hispanic.

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Kuyperdog September 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

This is one First District Republican who absolutely REFUSED to vote for the likes of Mark Sanford!! I do not consider him my Congressman, or even a man for that matter.

I was actually stunned at the First District GOPers that fell right in line like groupies to support this guy whose notoriety is that he betrayed us all!!!

Get it people-character counts!!!!! He played you all and you (the Party of family values??) cheered him on the whole way just to be close to power!!!! How’s that smell now??

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smirks the troll September 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

Sham of a human being? That coming from a lying, piece of shit,stalking,hacking troll like yourself? You hide behind your keyboard and contribute nothing to society.
Use your real name coward so Sanford can address you directly.Until then STFU queer.

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Not My Real Name September 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

Address him directly? Sanford addresses know one directly. He addresses nameless, faceless, mindless citizens with pablum and drivel designed to confuse them and bemuse himself and his friends.

He’s a first class turd and a shameless imposter. He is not a contributor, but a taker.

As one other poster put it: :He’s nuttier than a nutcake.”

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Dave Chappelle September 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

And your real name is “smirks the troll?” As such, you most certainly are not hiding behind your keyboard.

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Soft Sigh from Hell September 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm

It is not all of us who can make our detractors simply seethe!

My hat’s off to smirks; he can light them on fire. (Though the “them” is probably overstating the number.)

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bqueen September 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Apparently his God didn’t exist when he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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Philip Branton September 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

Look look at all these article about MARK ……..and just look at how muc press is NOT bestowed on Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott’s luv in with ISIS….!!

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Whatch Think September 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

You thunk dis might be a con-spirit-cee to take I’s minds off de Cannon towel heads?

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Kojoe September 15, 2014 at 11:08 am

Both parties have agreed to mediate according to the judge handling the case. Now Mark can go back and rekindle Tge sex flames with Chapur.

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well-i-am into it September 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

Sounds like a man who wants to please everybody, but nobody is happy. Sometimes a man has to ‘man-up’ and take a principled stance (whatever that might be in Sanford’s view) and stick with it. Cant bend in these issues of heart when competing interests are at play. Make a decision and stick with it, Sanford…and as a man quit yapping…in respect of both sides involved.

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Thomas September 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

In America, when your fiancee calls off the engagement in a Facebook post, the woman can keep the platinum 3 carat three round brilliant diamonds engagement ring.

You did get an engagement ring? Belen? Atleast 2 carats? Belen?? No Ring?!!!

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bogart September 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

She had a ring from Sanford,she just never wore the diamond chip.

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Live and let live hypocrite September 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

This drama reminds me of a couple of my divorced female neighbors who constantly thump the Bible. On the weekends when the kids are with daddy, they park their cars on the street and miss church. It took my very wise wife to explain that their boyfriends were parking in the garage as to stay out of sight. They usually leave before everyone gets up but some of us like to walk before breakfast.

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Jesus H. Christ September 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I resent Mark’s constant reference to me. It’s really low style. He doesn’t even attend church.

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Soft Sigh from Hell September 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Just cause you sign your real name doesn’t mean you’re not a hacking troll for besmirching St. Mark.

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You Suck September 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

I read his Facebook post and really saw nothing much wrong with it. He was venting. But many reacted to it within the first few lines. The hate filled negative comments were those of sociopaths and by people who have a low self esteem of themselves and feel a need to beat up on others for self pleasure. We see that all the time even here. They are the bullies of our society.

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Dave Chappelle September 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

“a low self esteem of themselves”

Maybe that is redundantly repeating the same thing after you just said it. Kind of like the ATM machine.

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Diogenes September 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

When I look at the morally-challenged individuals who the benighted voters of South Carolina elect, then often re-elect–Sanford, Ravenel, Haley, Sharpe, Ard, Harrell–I am often reminded of the immortal words of former governor Edwin Edwards of Louisiana:

” You can do anything in politics and be elected except be caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl.”. In South Carolina, the “buckle of the Bible Belt,” that obviously applies, but one phrase needs to be addended:

“…if you run as a Republican. the party of family values.”

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Manray September 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

Says a lot about our fellow citizens, huh?

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Diogenes September 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

When I look at the morally-challenged individuals who the benighted voters of South Carolina elect, then often re-elect–Sanford, Ravenel, Haley, Sharpe, Ard, Harrell–I am often reminded of the immortal words of former governor Edwin Edwards of Louisiana:

” You can do anything in politics and be elected except be caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl.”. In South Carolina, the “buckle of the Bible Belt,” that obviously applies, but one phrase needs to be addended:

“…if you run as a Republican. the party of family values.”

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cue or queue? September 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

Well it would be no surprise if the Luv Guv was grooming someone else to be his next soul mate while he still had a bird in hand. SOP for a NPD. You can never have enough ego kibbles and I suspect Chapur was starting to be a bit wearing with her requests to come out of the shadows and marriage. Or could it be a former line-crosser wants to come out of the shadows?

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shifty henry September 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

“whose tan lines he praised, whose curvaceous hips he extolled and whose breasts he longed to see being held ..”
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— and whose’ lazy eye’ so mesmerized him?

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aikencounty September 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

If John Jenrette had been half that eloquent RITA would still be giving those old farts in DC an extreme case of the “vapors”.
YOU BETCHA!
WE STILL LOVE RITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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shifty henry September 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

When I was stationed in DC a girl and I had sex on the same spot — it was exciting!

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aikencounty September 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

WELL PLAYED!

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shifty henry September 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

What made it even more exciting was trying to not get caught by the Capitol Police.

shifty is as shifty does September 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Her exophthalmic eye and his lisp may have been the issues that initially bonded them as kindred spirits (deep seated feelings of inferiority lending themselves to narcissistic tendencies?)… that overcame the odds…. BUT Henry, as a gentleman of the South, I never imagined you would mention it.

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shifty henry September 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Only because in some of her photos it just can’t be ignored, and I’ve wondered if it is the reason she sometimes holds her head in that awkward position.

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CharlesDikkens September 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I sense a report coming that he may have crossed the line – but not the ultimate line – with a younger hotter “soul mate” who may look magnificenter holding those two um er parts of herself (but not to get too sexual) against the glow of a DC streetlight…
This is as good as a Nikki boy shorts sighting…

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aikencounty September 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Candice Bessinger?????????????

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more things change... September 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Remember when Mark begged Jenny for a legal separation for a week, so he could go back to Argentina to visit his mistress to make sure she was the key to his happiness, guilt-free?
Maybe he is doing the same maneuver with Chapur. He had a rare pang of conscience thinking I better unload fiancee-soulmate-OW#1 before I am caught with soulmate-OW#2.

Hasn’t he learned anything? Still no finesse.
The guy had a late start, but seems determined to leave a trail of betrayed hearts.

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bogart September 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Funny thing about your bait line Fits is that when I saw the picture of him making that call I thought,he’s probably letting the new girlfriend know the plan is working…..Dump Chapur,blame it on Jenny and then slowly bring the new soul mate in.Taking bets.

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aikencounty September 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Candice Bessinger?????????????

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shifty henry September 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Lillian Koller? She knows more than Dr. Spock about dealing with children.

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the mind boggles September 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Think national: Sarah Palin?
Kelly Ayotte?
Michelle Bachman?
Lindsey Graham????

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shifty henry September 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Ayotte – much too sane and has the potential for a future in government
Palin and Bachman – could be fun and intense – great for a short-term roller coaster ride

He's a moocher September 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Mark Sanford will be on the public payroll for the rest of his life. The voters of SC District 1 will continue to return him to Congress no matter how much shame he heaps upon himself.

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ReElect Nikki September 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Yep hes got that”R” by his name!

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He's a moocher September 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

By the way, did the taxpayers foot the bill for his romantic trip to Paris?

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Bryan Wqsc Crabtree September 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I don’t really see what’s different in his lengthy facebook post and the rest of the ridiculous throw-up I see on FB all the time. Facebook is the new “BAR” where everyone gather around and talk crap about everyone else, so why can’t he get something off his chest like everyone else?

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A - Z September 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Rational people see it the same way as you. The others are fans of the old Jerry Springer show. What Mark posted is minuscule compared to Jenny’s book (several hundred pages thick ) and tour of TV talk show circuit promoting it – blasting her ex, inflicting more psychological damage to the boys; who she obviously really doesn’t care as much about them as she might have one believe.

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who dat who dat September 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Is that T Rav blowing in Sanford’s ear in that photo?

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Inciteful September 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I think he should remarry Jenny. It would have the desirable effect of saving two other people incredible misery. A “twofer”!

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BIN News September 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

SanFraud!

That says it all, and our Funding Editor has been saying that for years.

And, we should never loose sight of the fact SanFraud hired sic(k) willie.

BIrds of a feather….

Zebras never lose their stripes,,,

Farts always stink…

And, frauds are always frauds.

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Stephan Palazzolo September 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Stay classy Maria.

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