US governor admits affair with tears


Sanford resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association and was replaced by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, another possible 2012 candidate.
“Any aspirations for 2012, if he had any, are certainly out of the question,” said Robert Oldendick, a political scientist.

Sanford’s confession at a tumultuous news conference ended days of speculation over his whereabouts. After he disappeared last week, his staff first said he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. It later emerged he had travelled to Argentina to be with his lover. “I spent the last five days of my life crying in Argentina,” he said.

Shedding tears, Sanford apologised to his wife Jenny, his family, friends and staff.
Jenny said she and her husband had been undergoing a trial separation and she regretted his actions and the damage it had done to their children. But she added in a statement: “I remain willing to forgive Mark completely his indiscretions and to welcome him back.”

Sanford explained how he had “developed a relationship” with a “dear friend” from Argentina. “It began very innocently... in just a casual e-mail back and forth,” he said. “But recently it developed into something much more than that. And as a consequence, I hurt her. I hurt you all.”

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