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May 6, 2013

Sanford and Sons: Meet the Mistress



Perhaps the saddest political images I’ve seen this year were captured on March 2nd, the night of Mark Sanford’s primary victory. Back from “the Appalachian Trail,” the former governor who went through a highly public marital train wreck not only appeared publicly at his victory announcement with his former mistress, now fiancé, but used the occasion — while on stage — to introduce his two young sons to her for the first time.


Sanford’s older son is in the turquoise shirt back left, and the younger son is off his right shoulder in the third image. The last scene of course could be labeled “I only have eyes for you.”

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The photos are really painful, Sanford’s two sons on that stage not only having to emotionally contend with the fiancé and the cameras but Sanford praising his God, then his flame back-to-back.

Why I bring up these images now is because Sanford, according to this Atlantic piece, is apparently on the verge of pulling off a shockingly unexpected victory in the S. Carolina Congressional race tomorrow. If that comes to pass, with the reputation of Congress near rock bottom already, we can just add these images to the pile.

(screen shots: image 4: Bruce Smith/AP. caption:  Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanks his fiancee Maria Belen Chapur as he addresses supporters in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after winning the GOP nomination for the U.S. House seat he once held. Sanford is trying to make a comeback after his political career was derailed four years ago when he disappeared from the state only to return to admit the couple was having an affair. Sanford’s wife, Jenny, later divorced him.)

  • aSouthernMan

    As dumb as the Sanford debacle is/was, the new low will come on Wednesday when the formal accounting of the Benghazi coverup is finally shown. The President’s directive lie to the entire country on the 4 major networks by Susan Rice, in the face of the deaths of 4 people including a US Ambassador is treason, not just embarrassing. I hope that will be covered here as well. That story will definitely provide much more important photo ops than the titillating story of a buffoon forsaking his state and family for a piece of ass, then trying to ‘re-invent’ himself just as the sexting Anthony Weiner is (also) doing… Or will that be ignored, too?

  • aSouthernMan

    UPDATE: Michael Shaw – I still agree with you that Sanders (Republican) is
    not a good candidate – but just found out the Dem-Candidate Colbert-Busch
    has an arrest record. But this story ONLY offers commentary on how shameful
    Sanders (“and Sons” – your words) is. In fairness, perhaps Bagnews
    readers would like to see the Elizabeth Colbert-Busch mugshot photo?
    “SC Dem Candidate Colbert-Busch Already Has an Arrest Record”
    May 5, 2013By Sara Noble

  • Cactus

    When will we, as a people,
    begin to recognize and stop electing to public office, these narcissists? Here
    is a man who cared not for the feelings of his wife and children, who stole
    public money and disappeared from his assigned office to philander in Argentina
    with his “true love” in total disregard for his

    As if that weren’t enough,
    totally oblivious to the pain he caused his wife, he asks her to help him win
    back public acclaim and run for office. Then he parades his sons in front of
    the public while showing off his newest conquest, er, fiancee. He is laughing
    and on a high, totally oblivious to the obvious pain of his sons, who are
    evidently not happy being there.

    All the while he is
    thanking JC and mumbling the humble words — and thinking only of himself and
    how he feels and what he wants. Amazing!

  • Karen

    This guy is so self-absorbed . . . . did he even look at his sons once during this joke of an election? The pain in the one son’s face is so raw . . and the other son looks disgusted. All I can say is that someday, some way, his repulsive behavior will come back on this pitiful excuse for a Dad.

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