Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Gov. Sanford: No surprise

Not the first time, not the first woman.

"South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said yesterday that he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress - but never had sex with them. The governor said he "never crossed the ultimate line" with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine at the center of a scandal that has derailed his once-promising political career. "This was a whole lot more than a simple affair; this was a love story," Sanford said. "A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day." . . . He said that during the encounters with other women he "let his guard down" with some physical contact but "didn't cross the sex line." He wouldn't go into detail. Sanford, 49, said the casual encounters happened outside the United States while he was married but before he met Chapur, on trips to "blow off steam" with male friends."

He "crossed lines"? "A forbidden . . . tragic . . . love story"? He "let his guard down" with "other women" on trips to "blow off steam" with male friends?

Just. Go. Away.

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