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Old 07-01-2009, 02:35 PM   #46
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wait, the easy thing to do, would be to resign


he is doing the hard thing, the courageous thing, for all of the people of South Carolina
and for his four sons.


this man is bearing the sins of the world
for all of us, our salvation.


fall on your knees
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:00 PM   #47
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Sanford backs out of promise to release records

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has backed out of a promise to release personal financial records proving he did not use state money for trips to see his mistress.

A day after Sanford declared in an emotional Associated Press interview that his mistress is his soul mate, spokesman Joel Sawyer says the governor does not want to discuss personal matters in the media anymore. The state is investigating Sanford's travel to see the Argentine woman the governor identified as his lover.

Sanford agreed this week to provide the AP with proof of his payment for trips to New York and Argentina to see her.

His staff first said the records might be made available Tuesday, and then the governor's spokesman said Wednesday Sanford would not release them.
did he write off 'soul mate' trips as business expenses ?
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:13 PM   #48
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I thought I wrote in here that in some ways this was worse than Tom Edwards,

I think Sanford has proven my point.

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Republican state Sen. Larry Grooms, who describes himself as a longtime Sanford friend and ally, told POLITICO he called the governor following the AP interview to tell him that he would be calling on Sanford to resign.

“You’re effectiveness as governor has weakened to such a point…that we won’t be able to pass any of your legislative agenda,” Grooms said he told Sanford over the phone in explaining why he planned to join those calling on the governor to step down.

Senator, you need to understand something,” Sanford answered, according to Grooms. “This is a story about true love.”

Grooms then told Sanford that he “was destroying the Republican Party, the party of personal responsibility,” to which the governor did not respond.

In hanging up, Grooms told the governor that he would keep him in his prayers.

“He asked me to continue to do that,” Grooms said.
This selfish, SOB, cares nothing for his wife and children.


I am sure he will not last through the week.


I am getting my passport renewed.
Heading to Argentina, that must be where my soul mate is, I have not found her in California, lord knows I given it a real good shot here.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:30 PM   #49
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OK, well as an FYI...
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Trying to drive along the coast could frustrate a weekend visitor to Argentina. In Buenos Aires, the Avenida Costanera is the only coastal road, and it's less than two miles long. Reaching coastal resorts to the south requires a drive of nearly four hours on an inland highway with views of endless cattle ranches. To the north is a river delta of islands reached only by boat.
Just to help you avoid any time-consuming disappointments, or unwittingly bad alibis.
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I do think he has some kind of mental problem. He may be a danger to himself or others.
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the self-aggrandizing is remarkable. he makes Sir Bono look like a shrinking violet.

it's amazing how GOP scandals are all about sex, and Democratic scandals are all about money. and the two parties are broadly criticized for being obsessed with, respectively and pejoratively, 1) repressive sexual mores, and 2) soaking the rich.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:04 PM   #52
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Lashing out at critics who have called for his resignation, an unrepentant Gov. Mark Sanford released a statement today indicating that he might be "too romantic" for his critics to handle.

"I'm too romantic for my state, I found my soul mate, this is a true love story." the statement read in full.
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Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said today that the governor "has no plans to step aside, temporarily or otherwise."

"He remains committed and determined to repair the damage he has done in his marriage and to building back the trust of the people of South Carolina," Sawyer said. "He will be spending the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with his family, leaving for Florida tomorrow morning. The Sanford family asks members of the media to respect their privacy while they are together this weekend. The Sanfords also hope to take a longer family vacation toward the end of July."
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How could someone say, in one instance, that he's found his "soul mate", and then say he's working on repairing the damage to his marriage?

There's a huge disconnect there...
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Is Mark Sanford crazy? Some in S. Carolina now wonder

By Noelle Phillips
The State

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Mark Sanford is acting like a love-struck teenager.

Or, maybe he has a deeper personality disorder, some experts speculate.

As the saga of Sanford and his Argentine lover continues, the public, the governor’s political rivals and some allies are speculating about the governor’s mental stability and whether he’s able to lead the state.

While mental health experts are reluctant to pin a diagnosis on the governor, their observations of his behavior suggest a chemical imbalance, narcissism and impulsive behavior.

Sanford has not sought professional mental health treatment, said Joel Sawyer, the governor’s spokesman.

But some fellow politicians are saying the governor needs help.

“That’s a troubled man,” said Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, a longtime Sanford ally who this year became frustrated at Sanford’s refusal to take federal stimulus money. “You can see it in his eyes and his body language. I’m concerned about his mental well-being.”

John Crangle, executive director of Common Cause South Carolina, called Sanford “delusional” and said it was obvious the governor has “serious mental problems.”

“The idea that he could carry on this relationship and at the same time be governor, run the Republican governor’s association and have presidential aspirations, it shows an individual who has lost contact with reality,” said Crangle, who has worked as a divorce lawyer. “He sees no limitations. He can do what he wants.”

One prominent Republican who is close to Sanford and has been in regular contact with him also has questioned the governor’s well-being. “When your support is evaporating but your resolve (to stay in office) is increasing, that’s a bad combination,” said the source, who did not want to be identified.

Peeler cites the governor’s mental state as one more reason he should resign. Crangle said Sanford should at least take a leave of absence and get a psychiatric evaluation.

The state Constitution has measures for removing a mentally unstable governor, but that’s not likely to happen in this case, observers said.

Still, people are talking.

I am thinking this is the most charitable conclusion, one can arrive at.

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How could someone say, in one instance, that he's found his "soul mate", and then say he's working on repairing the damage to his marriage?
I'm pretty sure that first quote isn't real. Though he did refer to her as his "soul mate" in the AP interview.
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On weighing his political career against his relationship with her: "I will be able to die knowing that I had met my soul mate."
I bet Mrs. Sanford just loves hearing that.
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Why are you all interested in politicians' personal lives all of a sudden?

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Taking infidelity to a new level
If you're the wife -- but not the soul mate -- why even bother to try to recover?
Sandy Banks

July 4, 2009

I suppose a woman could take some comfort from the predicament of the governor of South Carolina, who vanished last week for a secret tryst in Argentina with his lover.

For once, a married politician's sexual transgression didn't involve hookers, sex tapes, young interns, homosexual confessions or anonymous encounters in bathroom stalls.

Instead, we have Mark Sanford waxing poetic -- often publicly, and at length -- about his paramour's grace and kindness; intelligence and sophistication; warm eyes, gentle kisses and "erotic beauty . . . in the faded glow of night's light."

How sweet to imagine that a hard-charging, tough-talking politician could be so in touch with his romantic side; that a middle-aged man could finally meet the one woman who makes him feel alive.

Except that Sanford's "soul mate" is Maria. Not Jenny -- his wife of 20 years and the mother of his four young sons.

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It's been more intriguing than Jon and Kate, and easier for voyeurs to take sides.

Mark Sanford is a dope, a hypocrite and a blabbermouth who certainly embarrassed his family and probably committed political suicide.

Jenny is every middle-aged wife who put her career on hold for a man: raised the kids, ran the house, organized the birthday parties and sent out the Christmas cards.

Now she has to settle for being known as the "gracious [and] wonderful Christian woman" (her husband's description) who can't hold a candle to his lover, the passionate divorcee, who likes to work out, play tennis and jog.

The affair unfurled like a steamy romance novel, making it perfect water-cooler fodder and raising questions that other politicians' tawdry sexual escapades haven't.

Or as one male colleague asked me when the subject came up: What's worse to a woman, an Eliot Spitzer consorting with prostitutes, or a Sanford, who is over-the-moon about his lover.

Sanford, by a landslide.

When I read the account of his rambling news conference, it was the "S-word" that hit me in the gut. Soul mate, he called her; his once-in-a-lifetime, magical lover.

It takes infidelity to a whole new level. If you're the wife -- but not the soul mate -- why even bother to try to recover?

I remember having a soul mate once. After a while, in the words of my therapist, the neurotransmitters in my brain calmed down and the intoxicating addiction wore off. The love was still there, but the passion was gone.

"A 'soul mate' is what happens when a person discovers a part of themselves that's been missing, and it's so exhilarating, so rejuvenating . . . you're not willing to give it up for anyone or anything," said couples' counselor Veronica Thomas.

In middle age, a soul mate often shows up through an affair, "because this person is the escape," she said. "The spouse is the burdensome reality. With new love, you can be young again."

It's the "soul mate" phrase that made wives gag.

When the governor emoted for the TV cameras, he was showing respect for his lover. "He didn't want to devalue it as a cheap affair," Thomas explained.

"But I wish he'd said something more psychological," Thomas told me. "Like 'I found something with her that I long to have with my wife. Now we're going to recapture what's been lost.' "

Instead, like a teenager handed an onerous task, he promised "to try to fall back in love with my wife."

I don't think I could take a husband back after being publicly humiliated like that.

But anyone who's been married long enough has drawn a line and then erased it. You can make all the rules you want, but you don't know what you'll live with until you have to face it.

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Maybe Jenny Sanford doesn't need a soul mate. In every interview she's given and statement she's released, she talks about her Christian faith, her responsibilities as a mother and her husband's need to "toe the line" so that he can come home and be a respectable father.

She has decided to forgive him, she said; to believe that his "determination to save our marriage" can overcome his soul mate lust.

I admit I was pulling for her to leave -- not just because her husband lied or committed adultery, but because he protected his lover and sacrificed his wife's honor. But maybe the man I see as a hypocritical, narcissistic wimp is, in his wife's eyes, a naive man with a tender heart, in the middle of a midlife identity crisis.

Jenny had discovered Mark's affair in January, when she found a letter her husband had written to Maria. She ordered him not to see the other woman again and expected him not to defy her.

"I didn't think he had it in him," she told reporters. "It's hard to find out your husband is not who you thought he is."

It must be even harder, I imagine, to find out what your husband thinks of you.
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How could someone say, in one instance, that he's found his "soul mate", and then say he's working on repairing the damage to his marriage?

There's a huge disconnect there...
There is often, if not always, a huge disconnect between fantasy and reality in extra-marital affairs.
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