Argentinian Newspaper: Mark Sanford Proposes to 'Soulmate'

The former South Carolina governor proposed this week to Maria Belen Chapur in Argentina.

Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, a rising political star before being disgraced following the discovery of an affair, has proposed to his Argentinian "soulmate."

Argentina's largest newspaper reported on its website, clarin.com, on Friday that Sanford proposed to Maria Belen Chapur at a Buenos Aires restaurant on Wednesday. The report says that Bella Italia Grill in the Palermo neighborhood is one of Chapur's favorite restaurants.

Sanford did not mention the engagement when he spoke to Patch political editor Shawn Drury on Wednesday evening.

The article, written in Spanish and translated by Patch, says that Sanford got to the restaurant earlier than Chapur and gave a purse with the engagement ring inside to a waiter. He went and hid in the bathroom and waited for Chapur for more than an hour.

When she arrived, the waiter told her she had won a prize for being the 100th customer of the day. When she opened the bag and saw the ring, Sanford came out of the restaurant bathroom and declared his love.

"What followed were long minutes of kisses, tears and emotions. There were words of affection and promises of eternity," the newspaper says.

Sanford was believed by many to be a future GOP presidential nominee when he went missing in 2009. Staffers told the media that the governor was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but it was soon discovered that he had been in Argentina with Chapur.

He declared his love for her soon after, called her his soulmate, and his marriage to Jenny Sanford ended in divorce.

van crause August 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Mark Sanford is one of the best governors this state has ever had, I could care less about his personal life, walk in his shoes then judge him. He fought this corrupt state government the entire time he was in office, that is a good thing. DO NOT RULE Mark Sanford out, he will be a contender for higher office and he can run on his record not on his relationship with his wife to be."Ye without sin cast the first stone", oh I forgot that would be the Christian thing to do.....couldn't do that....oh no.
David August 26, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Bill Clinton did something similar to this and that was a fact that does not need more referances does it?
stanley seigler August 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
@van crause: '....I could care less about his personal life...' and i could careless as well...except it's an example of the hypocrisy of GOP, christian, family value, men.
stanley seigler August 27, 2012 at 01:38 AM
@David: '...Bill Clinton did something similar...' Shawn Drury say, 'try to keep the discussion to the subject at hand. This story has nothing to do with Barack Obama' guess it has something to do with slick willie...in some PATCH threads, it is difficult to determine the subject... in case it has something to do with clinton...i would have impeached clinton...and it would have been a mistake...he was a very effective president...eg, budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, re: 'he [sanford] will be a contender for higher office and he can run on his record...' [van crause] possibly. but, politically, sanford is no clinton
Jonathan Allen August 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
To be fair I don't recall Clinton ever running on the "family values" platform that Sanford did.


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