The governor says his mistress is his soul mate, but he'll fall in love with his wife again.
It's been a rough week or so for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Not only has his affair with Argentina native Maria Belen Shapur come out, but since this revelation, many of the state's lawmakers are calling on Sanford to step down. And while the governor insists that he is ready to "fall back in love" with his wife, Jenny, he has also sought to take control of the situation. And by control, we mean blow up any credibility he had left.
In an inteview with the Associated Press, Sanford said he's had flirtations with other women, but he "didn't cross the sex line." He called Belen Shapur, whom he met in 2001, his "soul mate," but said he was committed to his wife. In hopes of working things out with her, the governor had a farewell meeting with Belen Shapur in New York that had been approved by both Jenny and Sanford's spirital advisor. What We Learn From Gov. Sanford's Love E-mails
Sanford told the AP:
I don't want to blow up future earning power, I don't want to blow up the kids' lives. I don't want to blow up 20 years that we've invested. But if I'm completely honest, there are still feelings in the way. If we keep pushing it this way, we get those to die off, but they're still there and they're still real.
Sanford also told the news organization, "I will be able to die knowing that I had met my soul mate," in reference to Belen Shapur.
Calls for his resignation are growing louder and some are even questioning the governor's mental state after the latest confessions. We're thinking similar thoughts. Mainly, "Who announces their soul mate lives in Argentina, while trying to make it work with their wife in South Carolina?"
Of course, according to a previous article in The New York Times, Jenny probably shouldn't be surprised by this. Through a release, she told the Associated Press that she learned of her husband's affair earlier this year and told him to end it, but he continued to ask permission to see Belen Shapur. How an Affair Saved My Marriage
And while many are concerned about Sanford's future, Jenny isn't one of them.
"His career is not a concern of mine," the Times quotes her as saying. "He's going to have to worry about that. I'm worried about my family and the character of my children."
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