South Carolina Gov. Sanford’s Extensive Email Romance

25 Jun
June 25, 2009

Once again, intimate emails are at the heart of a scandal and become the centerpiece of another public official Caught By Email. 

Copies of messages between South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and his Argentine love interest dating back to July 2008, were printed in The State newspaper of South Carolina.  While the newspaper said they could not confirm the authenticity of the messages, the Governor's office did not deny that they were accurate.

If you look at the messages, the Governor did not appear to be nervous about whether his messages would one day leak.  Instead, you get a picture of a man who appears to have been swept away in emotions and did continued despite the possible risks to his future.  The emails to his love interest, recently identified as Maria Belen Chapur (Post and Courier), were quite romantic and tender:

  • You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light – but hey, that would be going into sexual details   (From the Governor)
  • … at the same time we are in a hopelessly — or as you put it impossible — or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes (and yes this is true even if you did occasionally tantalize me with sexual details over the years!) — but it was all safe. Where we are is not. I have thought about it and in some ways feel I let you down in letting these complications come into a friendship that I hope will last till death. In all my life I have lived by a code of honor and at a variety of levels know I have crossed lines I would have never imagined. I wish I could wish it away, but this soul-mate feel I alluded too is real and in that regard I sure don’t want to be the person complicating your life.

It is sad to read this content, and the rest of the messages, and realize that the intensely private matter is going to become tabloid fodder for some time to come.  But, because he is a Governor, a one-time potential presidential candidate and the mysterious way he went to visit his love interest, the private matter will become very public.

Be careful what you put in email.

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