Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford considers senate run

Politician who left public life after mystery flight to Argentina to spend time with his mistress eyes Tim Scott’s vacated seat.

AP, December 23

The former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who left public life two years ago after mysteriously disappearing to visit his then-mistress in Argentina, is poised to re-enter the political arena.

Acknowledging reports that he is seriously weighing a bid for the congressional seat he once held, Sanford wrote in an email late Saturday: “To answer your question, yes the accounts are accurate.” He promised “further conversation on all this” at a later date.

The two-term governor was a rising Republican political star before, in 2009, he vanished from South Carolina for five days. Reporters were told he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but Sanford later acknowledged, tearfully, that he had been visiting María Belén Chapur, a woman he called his soul mate at a news conference that was held to announce his affair. The two were engaged earlier this year.

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