LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Mark Sanford, who last dominated news for his mistress scandal affair in Buenos Aires, was tonight commenting on other people’s careers. Twitter ignited with displeasure this evening as Mark Sanford was brought in for commentary on election night. But was the Sanford idea a mistake for one news broadcaster?
Sanford reaction was all over the map tonight. “They brought Mark Sanford on to commentate. I will remain confused for the next 10 minutes” wrote one viewer. Sanford’s appearance drew shock and disbelief from many viewers. Others thought it was something ripe for a SNL sketch. “Former SC governor Mark Sanford appears as commentator [tonight …] Actually, he was reporting from the Appalachian Trail. Or Argentina.”
By evening Sanford was dominating Twitter more than the election results he was reporting on. As one wrote “Mark Sanford is trending. Glad to see I’m not the only perplexed as to why he’s on [the news].”
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The last news about Sanford was that he and Maria Belen Chapur were getting serious. Sanford eventually left office, not because of his alleged affair scandal, but because of term limits.
His ex-wife at first was speechless when she found out news of the affair. Later Jenny said Mark’s response was that he had “good news” – “I told you, it’s all behind us…. Everything’s good.” Jenny’s response was “Good? … What part of this did he think was good?”
In 2009, Jenny told Vogue that husband was addicted to cheating. “Over the course of both pastoral and marriage counseling it became clear to me that he was just obsessed with going to see this woman. I have learned that these affairs are almost like an addiction …. They just can’t break away from them.”
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Initially she thought she could forgive her husband. “All I can do is forgive. Reconciliation is something else, and that is going to be a harder road.” It didn’t happen. The couple divorced, Sanford fought back critics during the scandal, admitted to ethics violations, and paid roughly $75,000 in fines.
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As of October, he and Chapur were reportedly getting serious. Among Sanford’s notable leaked text messages to Chapur a year earlier included: “Two, mutual feelings …. You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. ” He added “I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines … the … beauty of you holding yourself … in the faded glow of the night’s light.” This evening, that glow of the night wasn’t the sunset in Buenos Aires; it was TV cameras on Sanford.