Sanford admits to more liaisons with Argentine woman

The South Carolina governor's latest confession shows he lied in a previous statement

By Alex Koppelman

Published June 30, 2009 5:30PM (EDT)

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford intends to stay in his current job, and so far, it appears that most other politicians in his state, even his rivals, are content to let him do so.

But hanging on means that Sanford can't afford to let more embarrassing details of his affair leak out. So he gave the Associated Press an interview -- what the AP terms a "lengthy and emotional interview" -- in which he revealed more details of the relationship, and conceded that he'd lied in his press conference last week.

Sanford now admits that he's met with his Argentine girlfriend seven times since 2001, including five times over the past year -- one more than he'd previously admitted.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the interview: Sanford says that after his wife discovered the affair, he went to New York -- accompanied by his spiritual advisor -- to meet his girlfriend and break it off. Had he kept to that, he wouldn't have gone to Argentina earlier this month, and the whole thing might never have been made public.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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