June 24th, 2009
08:56 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Governor Admits Affair

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/24/south.carolina.governor/art.gov.sanford.scetv.jpg caption= "South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chokes up on Wednesday as he admits to having an affair."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The mystery is over. All those questions over the whereabouts of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford were answered today. He's confessed to having an affair with a woman in Argentina. He wasn't hiking the Appalachian Trail. He was in Buenos Aires to be in the arms of his mistress.

There were tears at Sanford's new conference. And, surprisingly, there were a lot of details on how his eight year e-mail relationship with a "friend" turned into an extramarital affair. We'll show you some of those e-mails.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    I'm also an SC native, and what kills me about this story is not so much the adultery (I have the combo of not being sao interested in their personal life, and believing that we expect too much from these people) but the way he disappeared for four days. How could he think that's not noticed? And to say he's hiling the AT/ And to top it off-which is what kills SC_-it wasn't even a local woman, but someone in a foreign country. Sheesh, you could not make this stuff up.

    June 25, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  2. Leah

    I am sure many people saw this coming from the moment it was reported that he was hiking. What I find disgusting is the media getting copies of his intimate emails and reading them on the air. I could care less about all the sweet nothings the two of them toss back and forth.

    June 25, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  3. JimmyMac

    I just saw that video of Standford when he was in congress and in his preaching of integrity in regards to Bil Clinton's affair with Monica.

    This is just typical republican behavior. They run off at the mouth about faimly values, christian values, and honesty while they are getting a little on the side, i.e. committing adultery.

    June 25, 2009 at 5:41 am |
  4. Irving

    As an eighth generation Charlestonian, the world has more evidence why I left SC as a teenager. SC has consistently been near the bottom in education primarily due to the benign neglect of state leadership. Ilk like Sanford and Strom Thurmond for decades have fighting against educational reforms which we benfit their constituents. Sanford accepted transportation portions of the stimulus package probably to benefit his cronies. While he was cheating on his wife and family, he continuously floated lame excuses for refusal to accept educational funding especially in abjectly poor rural areas. In defiance and arrogance, Sanford in conjunction with his staff demonstrate incompetence and derliction of his duties. Did Sanford actions cross the legal boundaries to a violation of his oath of office and SC statues? Double standards when one considers the incarceration of the former mayor of Detroit. The appropriate chain of events is for the SC Attorney General to convene a grand jury investigation. Like Bill Clinton, let us see if he commits perjury under oath. Furthermore as a father, I know abandonment is a serious offense. While Mrs Sanford may excuse her husband's behavior to their sons, such actions especially from the Governor of South Carolina is inexcusable, intolerable, and unacceptable for the innocent children in my native state of South Carolina. Mark Sanford, please immediately resign so someone who is going to fight for education can devote FULL-TIME their attention to this effort. It will allow you to continue to surreptitiously pursue your ther priorities. Heaven forbid if SC citizens uncover that you were AWOL outside the country when wildfires were blazing near Myrtle Beach. Stand-up Guy? "...let the chips fall where they may?" SC elected state legislative officials need the courage to IMPEACH this guy. That was a hell of a booty call!!!!

    June 25, 2009 at 5:41 am |
  5. babacar

    Islam is the solution for humanity:
    In Islam, marriage of one man with one woman is the general rule. But it allows, in certain circumstances, to depart from this rule. "Marry women of your choice, two or three or four, but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly then only one" (Al-Quran 4:3).

    June 25, 2009 at 5:29 am |
  6. Pris Zink

    WOW !!!! That must have been some great boodie down south !!! Are men stupid or WHAT !! When Clinton was doing what he was doing I told my friend that ..that was probably was not the first blow job to have ever happened in the oval office and would not be the last. Just a lot of stupid humans doing what they do best. Screwing up and acting like a bunch of dumb humans. Lets all just get over it. Life goes on guys....get used to it.............

    June 25, 2009 at 5:29 am |
  7. Kim

    This is not a question of the Left or Right. This is a question of integrity, respect and credibility. Gov. Sanford should not be pitied. He made selfish, self centered choices. He has embarrassed his family and SC. Any man who takes an oath of public office is asking to be held accountable and is offering his personal and profesisonal life up for scrutiny. These types of scandles sicken me because they make a mockery of marriage and family values.
    He should step down from office and find a good therapist.

    June 25, 2009 at 5:24 am |
  8. Katrina

    Now we know where all the states money has been going. I wonder how much he has spent going there or just even sending gifts or PEACE offerings to his mistriss. This is a shame and the fact the you can clearly see that he doesn't have any remorse for what he has done to his family. Obviously the man is tired of his position and his family. So while we have him thinking clearly now, let him resign and deal with his wife. I hope she gives him what he always wanted from her and never got. A SWIFF KICK!!!

    June 25, 2009 at 5:18 am |
  9. Agatha Sanders

    To all the comments that are suggesting that we and the media should stay out of their businees, I think it's perfectly legitimate to cover this topic. First of all, the media didn't start out talking about the affair too much. They were just concerned about the fact that he was missing and no one knew his whereabouts. Eventually, they found out about his love interest down in Argentina, so they followed up on the original story with an explanation and details. SO? The whole point of being a newscaster is to inform people about what's going on in the world. Governor Sanford is a public figure. Just like Bill Clinton & other cheaters, an act such as this will get covered. CNN is doing a great job with this story!

    June 25, 2009 at 3:26 am |
  10. coco

    A lot of men get married before they are truly mature. Perhaps they
    did not sow their oats before settlings down or perhaps Gov. Sandford
    is going through a mid-life crisis. If his marriage was failing, he or they
    should have sought separate and or couple counseling. I don't believe
    that a man or a woman should have an extra-marital affair. It just does
    not work. Work it out together or if you can't, get a divorce and then go
    out and find your Maria. Where are your moral values? People should
    think about the consequences of their actions and the feelings of their
    mate and children. One can not have an affair and believe that it would
    be good for the marriage." What are you thinking" or should I say, "are
    you thinking" You can't have your cake and eat it too. I feel very sorry for
    his wife and children. Maria is probably a "downgrade" and he is only
    confessing now that it is out in the open or perhaps he found out that
    Maria is not really the one and maybe she was just using him in some sense and he is aware of that now and wants his family back.
    I don't think that I could never trust him again. He is a very weak man
    to me and would have to show me something very special and it
    may take years.How could you be with a person that you can not let
    go out by himself or herself.

    June 25, 2009 at 3:24 am |
  11. Lionheart

    Wow this is sad a Governor and his affairs, what's wrong with him? He is suppose to govern the state and uphold good morals, his conduct is unbecomming of a Governor and he should be dismissed from that prestigious appointment. His affairs are his personal matters not public, however since he brought it up, he should be held accountable for it.

    June 25, 2009 at 3:09 am |
  12. Dan Stewart

    As much as anyones personal life should be their own domain, these Republican cheats are a group that should be roundly ridiculed and forced from office. Its one thing when you stray, but its something quite different when you spend your time criticizing the lifestyle choices of others and preaching "family values" the hypocrisy reaches a level where it becomes to nauseating to ignore. I hope that this fool does the right thing and resigns.

    June 25, 2009 at 3:08 am |
  13. JJoyce

    Don't understand the morals of these women who go after somebody else's husband....or do they actually have any morals?

    Also astounded to see two of the Governors staffers (both young females) standing in the background (on camera) and laughing as the Governor was explaining the truth of his affair. Did this whole debacle strike them as funny?

    There's no sense of right from wrong anymore.....my heart goes out to the family....

    June 25, 2009 at 2:59 am |
  14. Marina

    First time here. My heart goes out to his family. Even to him, given that he forgot he was hired by taxpayers to do a yes, difficult job to govern. He hide his hypocrisy by grandstanding and, denying the people of his state the funds they needed.

    What concerns me more is our focus on the personal lives of our elected officials, as opposed to how effectively they serve in the posts to which they were elected.

    He had an affair? She was an adult. And this should be of import to me? Why? It is because we get hoodwinked into thinking our politicans' personal lives matter more than the wellfare of our nation? They are not governing effectively enough to better our country.

    That's what I find troublesome.

    June 25, 2009 at 2:51 am |
  15. agentpursley@yahoo.com

    John Pursley says:
    2 day I am watching the crumble of the Grand Ole Parteee another sleezy govener commin clean on his two faceness! Democrats face the issue and tackle all of them from all angles.....Repubs face the issue then skirt it! Yeah we need two partys to keep this goverment sain, but the GOP has given us more than 8 years to watch how morons (THE BUSH) can be a puppet for any party........Get the idiot's out of this Grand Ole Party and maybe....well jus maybe they can save some face!

    June 25, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  16. Mark from Saint Louis

    You Dems are first to claim "hypocrites" when a Repub has done something wrong. Would you rather be associated with a party that tries to maintain some good moral standards and that occasionally one falls off the wagon or would you like to be associated with a party that claims no morals, no moral obligations to society?

    June 25, 2009 at 2:47 am |
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