Sanford also enjoyed the help of another woman: Nancy Pelosi.Republican voters in the same district that gave Mitt Romney an 18 percentage point victory over President Obama do not like the House Minority Leader.And Chapur only stayed over two times when his two older sons were under his roof, he said.'Though Jenny herself has certainly not lived up to this clause it is clearly aimed at me given near everyone knows about Belen and in that regard it seems designed to create intrigue where none exists,' he charged.Buried in the long Facebook post about his ongoing divorce drama is an announcement that he and Chapur separated as a result of the stress placed on their relationship by his legal battles with his ex-wife.'Belen is a remarkably wonderful woman who I have always loved and I will be forever grateful for not only the many years we have known and loved each other,' he said, 'but the last six very tough ones wherein she has encouraged me and silently borne its tribulations with her ever warm and kind spirit.'The Argentina native and Sanford had been engaged since August of 2012.He told a reporter for The State, South Carolina's biggest newspaper, that he had changed his earlier plans for a trip and had decided at the last minute to go to Argentina and drive along its coastline.
It was his first appearance since disappearing and being out of contact with staff, family and friends since last week. Mark Sanford is planning to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend and ex-mistress Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine beauty at the center of a steamy affair that cost him his previous marriage and his political future, according to reports."Yes, we are engaged, and I'm both happy and excited for what that means," Sanford said in a statement obtained by CNN.South Carolina voters were never in a position to forget his scandalous past.Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Sanford's opponent, raised it in their sole debate and Sanford's fiancée showed up at his victory party when he won the GOP primary.* Sanford's ex-wife wasn’t offstage during the campaign either, confirming for reporters that her son had been shocked to meet his father's soul mate for the first time on primary night. But Sanford's gritty campaigning and over-the-top charm helped him recover. Conservatives think that type of worldview is needed in Washington. From the South Carolina governor's office to the Appalachian Trail to Argentina and back, he has returned to win a seat in the House of Representatives.