SANFORD SAGA

Argentine Lover Admits Affair

In case you were wondering if it was all a publicity stunt: Maria Belen Chapur, the 41-year-old Argentinean woman named as Governor Mark Sanford’s mistress, is confirming that she did, in fact, have an affair with shamed South Carolinian. She also acknowledges that the widely published email exchanges between her and Sanford were leaked by someone who hacked into her account, though she wouldn’t reveal (what she believes is) the hacker’s identity. Back in the States, Sanford has announced that while he initially contemplated leaving office, “resigning would be the easiest thing to do.” Friends and colleagues of the governor have instead encouraged him to fight to restore the public’s trust.