GOV. MARK SANFORD CAUGHT WITH MISTRESS MARIA BELEN CHAPUR IN ARGENTINA
~ A web of lies and deception is brought to light, as Gov. Mark Sanford admits his affair ~
Up-Date - December 2009: Jenny Sanford has filed for divorce.
March 19, 2010, Associated Press confirmed, In Charleston S.C., Charleston County Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate issued a final order Thursday, March 18, 2010, that made Sanford the first sitting South Carolina governor to get a divorce. The term-limited Republican Sanford agreed to pay fines to resolve dozens of ethics charges, including a taxpayer-funded rendezvous with his Argentine mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, marking the end of a months-long saga.
The State Ethics Commission had brought 37 civil charges against Sanford last in 2009, after a series of Associated Press investigations questioned his use of state, commercial and private airplanes, bruising his image as a penny-pinching politician who once required staff to use both sides of Post-it notes.
Jenny Sanford has said in her official statement on June 24, 2009:
"Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance."
" Jenny Sanford is taking the higher ground in placing her children first, making positive life long decisions in regards to her marriage, with her head, not her hormones." - Synthia Esther
CHEATING POLITICIANS - A COMMON AFFAIR
By Synthia Esther
June, 26, 2009
There she is, the wife of a cheating male politician, standing by her man in apparent anguish, embarrassment, and humiliation, during his tell all press conference. Not so with Jenny Sanford, wife of Gov. Mark Sanford, 49, (115 Governor of South Carolina) whose affair with a woman from Argentina recently made the news. According to a Fox News report, Marjory Wentworth, a family friend who was appointed South Carolina's poet laureate by the governor in 2003, states about Jerry Sanford, "She has very strong faith, very strong family values. There's no gray area about the things that matter to her."
From a public relations viewpoint, I would have to agree with Marjory Wentworth, as Jenny seems to be handling her husbands indiscretions and infidelities, with knowledge and wisdom. Setting boundaries and drawing the line in the sand, is the only healthy thing to do at this stage of their marriage. The saying "actions speak louder than words," holds true.
IS GOV. MARK SANFORD IN LOVE WITH THE OTHER WOMAN?
As for Gov. Mark Sanford? During his press conference he asked for forgiveness from his wife and others stating,"God's laws protect us from ourselves." He choked up when confessing with heart felt sentiment, "I've let down a lot of people, that's the bottom line..." The Governor announced he has known his "dear, dear, friend," the other woman at the center of his affair for eight years, however, the relationship didn't become romantic until a little over a year ago.
Is Gov. Sanford in love with the other woman? Yes, I think he is, as he told reporters, "...after five days of his life crying in Argentina, the affair is now over." His "dear, dear, friend" is reported to be, Maria Belen Chapur, 43, a divorced mother of two teen age sons, who lives in the upper middle class district of Palermo in Buenos Aires. Gov. Sanford's family did not attend his confession session press conference.
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Jenny Sanford's actions speak volumes for those women who have had the courage and strength to stand on their own two feet when faced with the challenge, shock, and dismay of a husband who has committed adultry. Not a difficult decision in my book, especially since, according to her husband Gov. Mark Sanford's news conference, she had known about the affair for five months. This revelation was brought forward after Mrs. Sanford read a love letter between the two. When asked if she would be staying with her husband, Jenny responded, "It's a goal." "I'm going to do my best to work on my marriage," she said.
Fox News reported when asked about her husband's political future Jenny stated: "His career is not a concern of mine. He'll have to worry about that. I'm going to worry about my family and the character of my children." The couple has four school age sons. Jenny Sanford gave her own statement stating, "We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage."
Jerry Sanford, a millionaire, helped with her husband's political career nearly 15 years ago, when he ran for Congress and Governor, even having campaign help sleeping in the basement of their home. Rep. John Graham Altman, Republican, gave comment concerning Jenny, "She's a highly organized, corporate-type person,...I think Jenny's very calm, very controlled. She's extremely gifted and talented. ....It's clear she was the governor of the governor."
Jenny Sanford is taking the higher ground in placing her children first, making positive life long decisions in regards to her marriage, with her head, not her hormones. I only hope and pray her husband does the same.
UPDATE SEPT. 23, 2018:
Mark Sanford's got engaged to Maria Chapur, that relationship was said to have ended in Sept. 2014 (Wikipedia - Retrieved Sept. 23, 2018).
Jenny Sanford is now happily engaged to investment banker Andy McKay. - (US News - Associated Press, Retrieved Sept. 23, 2018.)
Jenny Sanford married investment banker, Andy McKay, on March 31, 2018. - Source: New York Times.