I just love a happy ending, especially when it involves infidelity and hiding in bathroom stalls.
Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is engaged to his mistress after popping the question last week. Sanford famously “went missing” in 2009 while supposedly hiking on the Appalachian trail, but was caught by journalists visiting his Argentinian mistress Maria Belen Chapur, whom he called his “soul mate.” Sanford’s wife, Jenny Sanford, divorced him following the scandal (and penned a tell-all book) and the ex-governor and Chapur began openly dating. As bizarre as their courtship has been, the proposal was just as weird. Keep reading »
So I know we have been going through a whirlwind of celebrity cheating scandals lately, and with some of them having over 10 mistresses, it’s hard to keep track of who is deceiving whom. But I am sure you can remember the tale of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. Almost a year ago, Sanford disappeared for several days, later resurfacing in an airport returning from Argentina. News quickly spread. Turns out he’d run off to South America to be with his “soul mate”. He also admitted to “crossing the line” with over 20 other women throughout his marriage. Somehow all this hubbub didn’t get Sanford impeached, but he was censured and served with a divorce.
Well, now South Carolina is ready to put Sanford in the past with the upcoming election to replace him. While Sanford is guaranteed to be out, it looks like scandal is here to stay. Republican Nikki Haley, running to be South Carolina’s first female governor, is accused of having several affairs. Here we go again. Keep reading »
Remember earlier in the week when we showed you this billboard PETA was planning to erect (Am I 12 years old? Because that word still cracks me up.) in Florida to remind people to get their pets spayed and neutered. Tiger apparently wasn’t too happy about it—his lawyers threatened to sue the animal lovahs if they went forward with their plans. A PETA spokesperson said, “We were contacted by Tiger’s lawyers at IMG who kindly, but firmly, told us we were not authorized to use his image on the billboard.” So what will PETA do? They’re creating a new billboard featuring South Carolina Governor and tan line addict Mark Sanford. The text beneath his photo will read: “Your dog doesn’t have to go to South America to get laid.” Kind of amazing. [NY Post]
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Newsweek turned to some unusual candidates to weigh in on the top headline-grabbing sex scandals. Porn star Sasha Grey, former madam Heidi Fleiss, and sex columnist Dan Savage, in addition to Rachel Maddow and Jonathan Ames, throw their two cents in on Mark Sanford’s mistress, Eliot Spitzer’s daliances, and John Edwards’ affair. According to Grey, perverted politicians aren’t the problem, it’s their wives. “Americans act so shocked when they hear about politicians, celebrities, and athletes having affairs,” Grey posits, “but I have to believe that many women who are married to men with power are aware of affairs, and accept it.” Instead, Grey suggests, we should all embrace our freaky side. “Consensual sexual preferences shouldn’t govern our politics, media, or way of life,” she opines. “Ideally, we should all openly have something extra on the side.” If she’s right, 2010 should be a doozy. [ Newsweek] Keep reading »
After years of watching political wives stand by their man when their men had not only not stood by them but lay down with other women, Jenny Sanford was a breath of fresh air. After hearing about her husband’s dalliances with an Argentine mistress (and his adoration of her tan lines), Jenny tried to forgive her husband. “But we reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong,” she said in a statement. “I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.” It’s a decision she’s stuck by. Now Jenny will be writing a memoir about her experience, to be published next May by Ballantine Books. Of the book, Jenny says, “I would like to show others how important it is to stand firm on one’s principles, stay true to oneself, and respond with grace and honesty to whatever hurdles may come.” The best part of this news? That Mark Sanford had a book in the works which his publisher nixed when the affair scandal broke. Oops. [Galleycat] Keep reading »
Apparently unaware of the many ways this could backfire terribly, Wikler Moran-Mora, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Reform in Tampa, FL, faked his own kidnapping so he could two-time his wife. According to police, Moran-Mora texted his wife last Tuesday evening to say he had been kidnapped, but that she should not worry because he was working to get released. But when police tracked down Moran-Mora’s location via his cell phone, they discovered “negotiating with kidnappers” actually meant “boning another woman.” The pastor has been charged with filing a false police report—and coming up with a really bad alibi. [ABC Action News]
But Moran-Mora actually isn’t the first genius who got caught being a liar, liar, pants on fire. A trip down memory lane, after the jump: Keep reading »
“I also feel sorry for the other woman. I am sure she is a fine person. It can’t be fun for her, though I do sometimes question her judgment. If she knew the newspaper had those E-mails back in December, why did she want him to come in June? But I can’t go there too much. All I can do is pray for her because she made some poor choices.”
— Jenny Sanford, in an interview for the ever-important September issue of Vogue, speaking of Maria Belén Chapur, the Argentine woman with whom her husband, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, was discovered earlier this year to be having an extramarital affair. [via WashingtonPost] Keep reading »
A little bit of distrust goes a long way. In the wake of the Sanford scandal I am trying to get a better handle of why we lie and how we can tell if someone is telling us the truth. My interest piqued during the political scandal of the Italian Prime Minister. However, it began several years ago when a male friend of mine began telling me stories about a new woman in his life.
I was a good listener until he asked the question, “So what do you think?”
Did he really want to know that she lying and manipulating him? Continue reading… Keep reading »