Ok, so back in 2009, then GOP South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, married and the father of four boys, got caught having an affair in Argentina when he was supposed to be “hiking the Appalachian Trail.” His wife Jenny divorced him. Sanford is now engaged to his Argentinian mistress, Maria Belen Chapur.
Sanford served the rest of his term, which ended in 2011.
When Jim DeMint left the Senate to run the Heritage Foundation last year, Tim Scott got appointed to fill his seat, leaving a House vacancy in the Charleston district. Mark Sanford held that seat before becoming governor. His ex-wife had managed all of his campaigns.
So Sanford decided to run for his old seat. Fine. But what’s incredible is that, although this was not a “friendly” divorce and they are barely on speaking terms, he asked Jenny to manage his campaign.* As you’d expect, she told him that wasn’t going to happen.
The man definitely has a screw loose, which I guess makes him a good fit for the current House GOP Caucus.
* “Back on the Trail,” Jason Zengerie, New York Magazine