According to reports from Sanford, the two engaged in sexual relations in 2008 during an economic development trip Sanford made to Argentina.The whereabouts of Governor Sanford were unknown to the public, including his wife and his security staff, from June 18 until June 24, 2009.As the 115th Governor of South Carolina, serving from 2003 until 2011, he accomplished a long list of firsts, such as cutting the marginal income tax rate, the largest recurring tax cut in state history, first of its kind tort reform, workers' compensation reform, and bringing about the first statewide charter school district in the nation.Maybe there will be another chapter when waters calm with Jenny, but at this point the environment is not conducive to building anything given no one would want to be caught in the middle of what's now happening.From June 18 until June 24, 2009, Republican South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's whereabouts were unknown and there was media coverage of what was described as his disappearance.Subsequently the Governor reappeared and admitted that he had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.She was married to Governor Mark Sanford, whose initial campaigns she substantially funded.(Don't worry, they'll still fuck.)In the post—which, it should be noted, is mostly quasi-insane ramblings about Jesus—Sanford says that he and his fiancée María Belén Chapur have decided to postpone their marriage indefinitely after Sanford's ex-wife Jenny filed another lawsuit stemming from their divorce in 2010.No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement.
He proposed the first operational executive budget in South Carolina's history and over his time in office closed nearly a billion dollar funding hole that he inherited upon arriving in Columbia.More specifically, Jenny Sanford is seeking to essentially ban their children from spending the night with Mark Sanford in the presence of his girlfriend.Sanford, presumably quoting from the new lawsuit, says his wife is looking to prevent him from "exposing the minor child overnight to a member of the opposite sex not related by blood who could be reasonably construed as a paramour." Sanford says that his kids have never spent the night with him and Belen, but is nonetheless acquiescing anyway.Mark was the first governor in the nation to refuse federal stimulus funding, and fought against the stimulus all the way to the South Carolina Supreme Court.By the end of his second term, the CATO Institute had ranked Mark as the most fiscally conservative governor in the country.
The early history of the relationship between Chapur and Sanford was not publicly known until 2009.