Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MORE from "you couldn't make this up" land:

From the Los Angeles Times report:

South Carolina's wandering governor, Mark Sanford, said today he had an affair with an Argentine woman and that was why he disappeared without telling anyone he went to South America.

"The bottom line is this: I've been unfaithful to my wife," he said. "I've developed a relationship with a dear dear friend from Argentina."

Speaking at a nationally televised news conference, Sanford apologized to his wife, his four boys, his family and the people of South Carolina for his disappearance and for leaving his staff and family to make up excuses for his absence. Sanford's staff had insisted at one point that he was off hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Sanford has been a colorful figure on the South Carolina political scene. He once put a spending clock outside his office to illustrate how quickly a proposed budget would spend state money. He also brought pigs to the House chamber to protest pork he said lawmakers had put in a budget.

Still, Sanford has been a well-respected governor, head of the Republican Governors Assn. and a strong conservative among those who are potential 2012 GOP presidential aspirants.

The presidential sweepstakes has been less than charitable to Republicans so far. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal saw his stock drop after a disastrous television appearance; Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been embroiled in feuds with her state legislators and with late-night talk-show host David Letterman; Nevada Sen. John Ensign admitted he had an extramarital affair; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was forced to back step after he used the word "racist" to describe Sonia Sotomayor, a nominee for the Supreme Court.

Sandford's disclosure comes the same month that another Republican, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, revealed that he also had had an extramarital affair.


So THESE are the "traditional values" bunch???? Oy vey!


Clyde said...

Yes and it's all because of this:

uffda51 said...

Traditional marriage - one man, one woman, one mistress.

SexyClassicist said...

I must say, I was a bit relieved to learn that Sanford was having an affair. Let's be honest without the affair part the whole story is just a little too bizarre. You know, like how his wife didn't seem very concerned about her husband's apparent disapperance. It is just nice to know it is good ol' fashion marital infidelity brought to you by another hypocrite extrodinaire. Whew!

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

And these are the guys who want to talk to LGBT people about 'the sanctity of marriage'. At least Brittany Spears never made any excuses, wept crocodile tears in public and invoked the name of Jesus.

john said...


Those heterosexual men - just can't keep it in their pants!


Now, now, now ... some of my best friends are straight!

Sidney said...

Those heterosexual men - just can't keep it in their pants!

The ones who do don't get respected by women. All straight guys learn this sooner or later.

The meek may inherit the heavens, but they do not inherit the earth.

IT said...

Hmm,Sidney, that's not what I hear from my straight women friends/

Rather sounds like a male justification for promiscuous behavior with similarly oriented women.

DavidJustinLynch said...

To stereotype heterosexual couples is just as wrong as stereotyping gay/lesbian couples. Not all men are unfaithful to women and vice-versa. Regardless of what my fantasies might be (which we ALL have because we are human) I would never be unfaithful to my wife. I love my wife with all my heart, mind and soul. I would not want to hurt her feelings. She feels the same way about me. I am sure we are not alone among heterosexual couples. For both same sex and opposite sex couples, marriage has been, is and will always be a sacrament. That is one part of my Anglo-Catholic heritage I will not let go.

Hank said...

Not exactly earth shattering news, a politician having an affair- David and Bathseba-is this cause for rejoicing or repentance?