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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
He disappeared without a trace for seven days leaving his wife and family, staff and constituents wondering where he was. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford had talked about going hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but when he resurfaced at the Atlanta airport on Wednesday, he revealed to a reporter from The State newspaper that he had changed his mind and instead gone to a favorite vacation spot in Buenos Aires, emphasizing that he had gone alone.
Wednesday afternoon the staunch defender of traditional marriage held a press conference where he revealed that he was in fact with his mistress.
The State published e-mails between the governor and the Argentine woman, identified only as Maria, which show that the relationship has been going on for a year or more.
Governor Sanford said between tears that he will step down from his position as head of the Republican Governors Association. State Representative Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, called for Sanford's resignation, saying "There is nothing left to save. There is no reason for him to remain as governor."