His staff had said he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail but Gov Sanford said on Wednesday he had been in Argentina, where he had a "dear friend" with whom he had "developed a relationship".Gov Sanford apologised to his wife, to whom he had been unfaithful, and staff and said he had met the woman about eight years ago.He told a reporter for The State, South Carolina's biggest newspaper, that he had changed his earlier plans for a trip and had decided at the last minute to go to Argentina and drive along its coastline. Weiner, the democratic congressman who was caught sexting with strangers?Pictured to his right is ex-fiancee Maria Belen Chapur.Sanford announced today in a public Facebook that he and Chapur had decided to end their relationship Sanford, center left, and his former fiancee Maria Belen Chapur, right, are pictured here during the New Orleans themed Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner at the National Building Museum last year. Roger Wicker, standing, and are seated with Dan Glickman, left, Wolf Blitzer of CNN, second from the left While the court filing submitted by Jenny Sanford's lawyers repeatedly asks the that the judge ban both Sanfords from inappropriate conduct in front of their youngest son, the motion makes clear that it is Mark Sanford's behavior that instigated the legal proceedings.'I have never taken any illegal drug in my life,' he said."I have long expressed my feelings for her, she's a wonderful person.My closest friends have met and love her, and I look forward to introducing her to still many more that have yet to do so." SOUTH CAROLINA GOV.
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Sanford's opponent, raised it in their sole debate and Sanford's fiancée showed up at his victory party when he won the GOP primary.* Sanford's ex-wife wasn’t offstage during the campaign either, confirming for reporters that her son had been shocked to meet his father's soul mate for the first time on primary night. But Sanford's gritty campaigning and over-the-top charm helped him recover. Conservatives think that type of worldview is needed in Washington.They couldn’t stomach sending her an ally in Colbert Busch.This wasn’t the first time the Republican voters of South Carolina put fidelity to party over fidelity to fidelity.Whatever may become of him in Washington, he has already changed the shape of Republican politics in South Carolina.The state that is home to Bob Jones University and where residents still resist removing the Confederate flag from over the state house is now defining the new standard for forgiving personal indiscretions. He left his wife for his Argentine girlfriend while he was governor.Jenny Sanford suggested in a court motion that her former husband does illegal and prescription drugs and gets drunk in front of their teenage son Blake.She also asked the court to require Sanford to undergo psychological tests and restrict his visits with his son. Mark Sanford celebrates a victory in the GOP congressional primary in April 2013.'I did not drink in high school or college and though I do drink now, my consumption is so limited that my friends give me a hard time about it.I will have but one beer or two when out at a social occasion.'Sanford also contended that his longtime girlfriend, with whom he began having an extra-marital affair with in 2008, had never spent the night when his two younger sons were staying with him.The relationship had become romantic about a year ago, he said, while his wife Jenny had known about it for the past five months."I'm going to resign as chairman of the Republican Governors' Association." When media reported that his whereabouts were unknown since last Thursday and that even his wife did not know where he was, his aides had said he had gone away for a break after a tough state legislative session.